‘He has got that Mahrez feel about him’ – Neville hails Chelsea attacker

Date published: Monday 24th January 2022 5:58 - Lewis Oldham

Gary Neville lauds Hakim Ziyech

Gary Neville has praised Hakim Ziyech after the winger scored a stunning goal for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Ziyech made the move to Chelsea in 2020 for a fee of around £34m from Dutch giants Ajax.

The Morocco international started against Antonio Conte’s Spurs on Sunday afternoon.

16 Conclusions: Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

The winger opened the scoring via a sublime curling effort from the edge of the penalty area.

Thiago Silva doubled Chelsea’s advantage soon after as they ran out comfortable winners. This is their third win over Tottenham this month. 

Neville praised Ziyech after the victory as he compared him to Man City star Mahrez:

“I gave Ziyech the Man of the Match award, I just thought he did really well,” he said on The Gary Neville podcast.

“He’s up against real opposition within his own squad in the likes of [Timo] Werner, [Christian] Pulisic, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, [Mason] Mount, they can all play in that position.

“But he has got that Mahrez feel about him, with a dip of the left shoulder and a lovely left foot.

“He puts lovely deliveries in from set-pieces and it was a brilliant, brilliant goal.”

Neville has also stated that he cannot see Man City “running away” with the Premier League title:

“It can happen. Liverpool have got it in them if they can keep that strongest XI together. Get Mane and Salah back flying.

“Liverpool are doing really well without two of their main players. They are [in the title race]. Little things like that give a bit of encouragement, with Southampton getting a point against City.

“City, they’re a machine, you don’t expect them to make a lot of mistakes but they could and Liverpool and Chelsea have got to believe that.

“I’m not that disappointed with Liverpool, to be honest, because I think they have to be at full-pelt all the time to get [alongside] City, just for the fact they haven’t got the squad that City have got.

“But I do think Chelsea have and I expect it to get close. I don’t expect this runaway lead.

“Five weeks ago, we expected a three-horse race and we’ve also been pushed into thinking that City have won it.

“I don’t think we’ve got the three-horse race back this weekend through the fact that Chelsea have won and Liverpool have won and City have drawn.

“But I don’t think we’re going to have that runaway, sort of 20-point championship that we’ve had sometimes with City.”

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