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Ziyech nets hat-trick as Chelsea thrash Peterborough in pre-season friendly


Ziyech struck three times in the second half while Tammy Abraham, youngster Armando Broja and Christian Pulisic grabbed the other goals in a comprehensive victory over the Championship side

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Hakim Ziyech stole the show as a depleted Chelsea side beat Peterborough United 6-1 in a friendly played behind closed doors on Saturday afternoon.

Ziyech struck three times in the second half while Tammy Abraham, youngster Armando Broja and Christian Pulisic grabbed the other goals in a comprehensive victory over the Championship side.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel also gave run-outs to the likes of Marcos Alonso, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater in his favoured 3-4-2-1 formation.

There was no sign of Kepa Arrizabalaga or Edouard Mendy, meaning Jamie Cumming played in goal for the first hour before Lucas Bergstrom played the final 30 minutes.








Rahman teed-up Ziyech to score his first goal in a second-half masterclass
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Chelsea are without a great number of their first-team options who are still away on holiday following Euro 2020 and the Copa America.

The Blues are particularly light at centre-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma yet to return.

Chelsea’s defensive weakness showed in the first half as Peterborough took the lead through the penalty, but Trevoh Chalobah, 22, was given a start at centre-back and largely impressed despite being a natural defensive midfielder.





Abraham equalised for the Blues at their Cobham base and Pulisic converted a penalty he won to put Chelsea ahead at half-time.

The midfield of Barkley and Drinkwater was freshened up in the second half as 26-year-old Lewis Baker, once tipped for England stardom by Jose Mourinho, was handed some minutes alongside Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Tuchel made sweeping changes to other areas of the team at the interval and Ziyech was introduced.




The Morocco winger did not take long to make an impact and fired in off the underside of the bar after Baba Rahman’s surge up the left flank.

Broja – also on the scoresheet in the second half – set up Ziyech’s second before the latter punished Peterborough’s lax passing to complete his hat-trick.

Tuchel will be encouraged by the performance without many of his regular starters.

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But the German knows Chelsea face tougher tests in their upcoming fixtures, starting with a trip to Bournemouth on Tuesday 27 July

The Champions League holders will also take on London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham at the start of August before contesting the UEFA Super Cup against Europa League-winners Villarreal three days before their first Premier League fixture, against Crystal Palace.









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