• Chelsea defeated Malmo 1-0 in UCL on Tuesday
  • Hakim Ziyech netted the decisive goal in the second half
  • He joined Chelsea in the summer of 2020

Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech believes his best is yet to come for the Blues after scoring the decisive goal in his side’s 1-0 win over Malmo in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Ziyech netted the goal through Callum Hudson-Odoi’s low cross just a few minutes into the second half to earn three crucial points for Chelsea, who are still three points behind Group H leaders Juventus.

After remaining as an unused substitute in Chelsea’s first meeting with Malmo, the Moroccan winger Ziyech not only featured in Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI on Tuesday, but also scored the only goal, which meant a lot to him, considering his recent tough times due to various injuries that saw him on the sidelines for over 10 games last season.

"It was a good combination between Callum and Kai. He gave me a good cross and I could walk it in easy," Ziyech told Chelsea’s official website, before adding he has been prevented from reaching his best form at Stamford Bridge by injury-related hurdles and now he wants to find back his lost rhythm.

"I try to be important to the team with some goals and assists," he continued. "I had some hard times behind me. I had the injury and didn’t really recover fully from it. I work really hard, even when it’s not going how it’s supposed to go, but I always believed in myself and the things that I can do on the pitch. That’s why I’m still believing and trying to deliver on the pitch. I started good in pre-season, had the injury and I’m trying to find my rhythm again and that’s what I’m working hard for."

Ziyech moved from Ajax to Chelsea at $46 million ahead of the 2020-21 campaign. In his maiden campaign with the Premier League side, the 28-year-old scored six goals and four assists in 39 competitive matches and also won the Champions League with Tuchel’s side.

Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech celebrates scoring against Atletico Madrid
Hakim Ziyech joined Chelsea from Ajax in 2020 AFP / Ben STANSALL

"I know what I can do and where my highest level is. Like I said, I had some hard times with injuries and stuff and finding my rhythm again. I’ve never been able to get in the rhythm again, but that is something that you have to work hard for it and that’s what I’m doing every day, I’m trying to find that rhythm again," Ziyech explained further in the same interview.