Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech has never had a coach as loud as Thomas Tuchel – and sometimes wants to tell him to calm down.
The forward claims Tuchel is so animated on the touchline that it feels like Chelsea are playing with an extra man.
Team-mate Timo Werner recently claimed he loves that approach, saying: “I need a manager who screams at me. It gives me more power.”
But, while Ziyech joked he sometimes rolls his eyes at his manager’s outbursts, he too understands their value.
Laughing, the Morocco starsaid: “No, I've never had a coach who has been like this! The coaches I had most of the time were more quiet.
“Sometimes it's good but sometimes you also think like: 'Ooh calm down!’ But I think that's only good for the players, to keep them sharp.
“That's the most important thing. Most of the time we are playing the game but he's also really into it emotionally.”
Ziyech, a £33m signing from Ajax, also claims Tuchel has a softer side that only shows in training.
The 28-year-old said: “He loves to laugh and joke, but always wants us to work hard. We can have fun. But when there has to be work it has to be serious.”
Tuchel is deadly serious about beating Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday – and his players will certainly need to stay sharp facing the champions elect.
The Premier League leaders went three goals up in 35 minutes at Stamford Bridge when the teams last met in January on the way to a 3-1 win.
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Ziyech said: “After 15 minutes the game was already over… When they speed up the tempo, they are difficult to beat. They have players who can do crazy things.”
Of all his games in this country though, it was Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Barnsley in the fifth round that stands out.
The Blues star said: “It was minus I don’t know how much, the pitch was so bad, and there was nothing you could do to play our style of football.
“It was all about fighting, long balls. The Barnsley game was more difficult than all the other FA Cup games.”
Brought in to much fanfare, Ziyech started the season with a knee injury before notching two goals and three assists in his first three starts for the club.
But after suffering a hip injury he’s struggled for regular minutes and has only started five of Tuchel’s 18 games in charge.
Known as the Wizard of Amsterdam at Ajax, there were high hopes the 28-year-old could conjure up some of the magic lost when Eden Hazard left Chelsea.
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The forward said: “It’s nice to hear. But I’m not comparing myself. What Hazard did here. Wow. That is different level.”
Hazard was a big-game player for Chelsea – now it’s Ziyech’s turn to win hearts and minds.
He said: “I always like to play the big games. It’s a semi final right now and we will do everything in our power to reach the final.”
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