For a team that is gaining momentum as rapidly as Chelsea at the moment, the last thing fans want to see is another international break. However, the players are taking full advantage of it and transferring their club form to their country, particularly Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
Chelsea Duo Ziyech and Werner Sparkle on International Duty
More Magic From the Moroccan Wizard
While Ziyech has been tearing up the Premier League so far, he’s just getting started, so he needs to prove himself as a reliable and consistent threat. For the time being, he’s doing just that, and he continued his rich vein of form with Morocco.
In his latest match, an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Central African Republic, Ziyech bagged two goals and added an assist on top of that. He set up Achraf Hakimi for the first goal, just as he set up fellow defenders Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell last week for Chelsea.
The 27-year-old then scored a quickfire brace, first a penalty and then an impressive shot from an impossible angle. Both goals occurred within two minutes of each other. After yet another match-winning display, Ziyech was awarded Man of the Match, something he’s been getting used to so far.
In nine starts for club and country, he’s been the Man of the Match four times, a spectacular return. While fellow signings Kai Havertz and to an extent, Werner, have needed some time to bed in to the team, Ziyech has come out firing.
Clinical Werner Strikes Again
He may have needed a few matches to get used to the Premier League, but Werner is getting better by the week. After being played out of position a few times, having one or two ineffective displays, and taking some time to develop a relationship with his teammates, he’s really coming out of the blocks now.
The German has scored in each of his last five games for club and country, tallying seven goals in that span. He’s ruthless, clinical, and all in all, a goalscorer. He followed up his goal at the weekend for Chelsea with another top performance for his nation against Ukraine.
Werner got on the scoresheet twice, once with his head and once with a powerful finish, to secure a 3-1 win for his side. With his goals, he moves ahead of Romelu Lukaku and Diogo Jota in the race for the Nations League Golden Boot.
Both Ziyech and Werner have been incredible for Chelsea, and they’re carrying that onto their national teams. Now the task will be to refocus on their club and build on the excellent progress they are making.