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Morocco coach Walid Regragui hails the attitude of Hakim Ziyech

‘He will die for you’: Morocco coach Walid Regragui hails the attitude of Hakim Ziyech despite the Chelsea star’s previous international fallout… after he starred in the African’s side shocking win over Belgium

Morocco coach Walid Regragui has praised the attitude and performance of Hakim Ziyech after the African side’s shock 2-0 win over Belgium. 

Goals from Abdelhamid Sabiri and Zakaria Aboukhlal secured a famous victory for Morocco, only their third-ever win at a World Cup finals, and it’s put them on course for a first knockout phase place since 1986. 

Chelsea star Ziyech was named player of the match in the victory and was singled out by Regragui after the game, where he complemented the attacker’s displays as well as his attitude, despite the problems he’s had with the national team set-up in the past. 

Morocco coach Walid Regragui has praised the performances of Hakim Ziyech for his side 

Ziyech was one of the stars of the show as Morocco pulled off a shock 2-0 win over Belgium

Ziyech was one of the stars of the show as Morocco pulled off a shock 2-0 win over Belgium 

The Morocco coach said: ‘He’s incredible. A lot of people talk about him as a difficult guy to manage but what I see is that, when you give him love and confidence, he will die for you. It is what I give him and he returns my confidence.’

Ziyech only returned to the Morocco fold in September after he retired from international football following a fallout with previous coach Vahid Halilhodzic. 

Halilhodzic has previously accused the 29-year-old of feigning an injury after pulling out of a September 2021 squad and blasted Ziyech’s ‘poor attitude’. He was then subsequently left out of Morocco’s squad for the African Cup of Nations squad in January. 

Ziyech (right) leads the celebrations as Morocco celebrate only their third-ever World Cup win

Ziyech (right) leads the celebrations as Morocco celebrate only their third-ever World Cup win

Ziyech had previously fallen out with former Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic before he was sacked last August

Ziyech had previously fallen out with former Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic before he was sacked last August 

The omission led to Ziyech’s retirement from the international game and even rejected a plea from Halilhodzic to play in the team’s World Cup qualifiers. 

However, the Bosnian coach was sacked in August after a disagreement with the Moroccan FA and replaced by Regragui. 

That appointment led to Ziyech rescinding his retirement and allowed him to return to the Morocco squad ahead of the World Cup in Qatar. 

His performances may have alerted clubs ahead of the January transfer window, with Ziyech struggling for game time under Chelsea boss Graham Potter. 

He’s been restricted to just nine appearances for the Blues this season and has only started one Premier League game in this current campaign.  

Ziyech has struggled for minutes at Chelsea this season and could look for a move in January

Ziyech has struggled for minutes at Chelsea this season and could look for a move in January 

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