Hakim Ziyech’s masterclass for Chelsea against Sheffield United analysed | Football News

first_imgHakim Ziyech's passing for Chelsea against Sheffield UnitedImage:Ziyech’s passing for Chelsea in their 4-1 win against Sheffield United 2:09 Frank Lampard reflects on Chelsea’s come-from-behind victory “I told you so,” says Hans de Jong, Hakim Ziyech’s former youth-team coach at Heerenveen.He has just witnessed Ziyech’s stunning performance in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Sheffield United, a victory orchestrated by the club’s new signing from Ajax. One wonderful left boot delivering two assists to help Frank Lampard’s side secure another three important points.- Advertisement – preview image 2:44 Ziyech’s move to Chelsea was confirmed long before the rest of the summer arrivals but he was the last of them to start a game for the club, following an injury in pre-season. Greater focus was on the vast potential of the younger German duo of Werner and Kai Havertz.But after having to wait until the last day of October to make his first Premier League line-up, Ziyech has made a big impact. Chelsea have scored at least three in all four of his starts. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Sheffield United At 27, Ziyech is late in his career to be making the step from the Eredivisie to the Premier League. That can sometimes bring with it difficulties. But the positive is that he is mentally prepared for this challenge. He is used to being a big player and ready for the responsibility.“He is a top-class player, a very complete player,” said Lampard. “To hit the ground running the way he has is a huge plus for us. There are some great left foots in the Premier League, but he gives so much more than just that. I have been really impressed with his attitude.“He wants to know about plans for the next opposition.” Frank Lampard can feel it all coming together.“People expected our attacking players to click on day one of the season, but of course that doesn’t happen,” he told Sky Sports after the game. “It is a work in progress, and the movement and the relationships on the pitch is something you have to work on.“There are great signs, but we need to keep going.” In total, he created six chances. Not only the most of any player on the pitch and more than the entire Sheffield United team put together, but equalling the record set so far this season by Kevin De Bruyne in Manchester City’s opening game of the campaign. center_img “He seems very comfortable and relaxed,” De Jong tells Sky Sports.“The other players recognise his qualities and that is important.”How could they not recognise it? Ziyech was at the heart of Chelsea’s best work even apart from the expert crossing that delivered goals for Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva.- Advertisement – Hakim Ziyech's performance for Chelsea against Sheffield UnitedImage:Ziyech’s performance for Chelsea against Sheffield United Ziyech discusses his man of the match performance against Sheffield United Cole’s view on Ziyech“He has gone under the radar a bit due to the injury but I think when he has come back now he looks fit and he looks like he is enjoying the way that Frank plays and playing with his team-mates,” Ashley Cole told Sky Sports. “He is using that wand of a left foot to perfection. He is the one pulling the strings so I think he is a big player for Chelsea.” It is the sort of attitude that could help Ziyech have a big season. The sort of attitude that could help Chelsea have a big season. He already seems at home in the Premier League.“I feel comfortable,” he confirmed afterwards.“He has always had this calmness,” adds De Jong. “You could not get him crazy. He thought about things and what he wanted.“That is pretty good if you can do it.”It is already apparent to everyone that Ziyech can. It was Ziyech’s pass down the line that penetrated the Sheffield United defence and allowed Mateo Kovacic to find Tammy Abraham in the centre for Chelsea’s equalising goal too.Timo Werner had the chance to make it a hat-trick of assists for the Dutchman, hitting the post when put through in the second half. He later made amends with the fourth goal.- Advertisement – 4:04 “He has been a long time out of football with an injury, so to hit the ground running like he has, it is a great signing,” Lampard added. “He is a huge plus for us and will continue to be so.“We played against him in the Champions League last year and I knew the player the year before and he is a top-class player. You could see that from afar, but when you work with him, he impresses you even more as you see his personality.”That personality was evident in his interview after the game. When it was put to Ziyech that he might have just been looking for an area when delivering his crosses, he disagreed.“No, I just always look at them before I take the ball,” he told Sky Sports. “I think only eye contact is enough for us. I am not afraid to give a pass or whatever.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

UK Pensions Regulator calls for power to veto corporate actions

first_imgThe submission highlights a number of potential improvements from TPR’s point of view, including developing the regulator’s way of working so that it focuses more intensively on those pension schemes posing the greatest risk.It also proposes introducing mandatory clearance “in a targeted set of circumstances where corporate activity may pose a material risk to a scheme”, it said.As things stand, there is no obligation on a company to apply for clearance from TPR for any transaction, or other relevant situation, the regulator said.The regulator went on to propose enhancing its information-gathering and investigatory powers.On the subject of pension scheme funding, TPR proposed that greater flexibility be introduced over the valuation periods used, and said more regular valuations should be required for higher-risk schemes.The regulator’s scheme funding powers should also be clarified so that it can specify an appropriate level of funding and contributions, it said.TPR qualified its proposals, saying: “It will be a matter for government and parliament to decide what is a proportionate response to the challenges within the DB landscape.”It also emphasised that it did not see evidence of a systemic problem with affordability in UK DB pensions.“Most employers will be able to support their schemes making use of the flexibility within the funding framework established by the 2004 Act,” it said.Earlier this year, the Work and Pensions Committee heard evidence about the collapse of the BHS retail chain, which left the company’s pension scheme with a £571m (€634m) shortfall and forced it to be rescued by the PPF.In its recent written submission to the inquiry, the PPF backed the regulator’s call for greater powers.The PPF said it believed deficits on a PPF basis were a real risk to members of those schemes, as well as its levy payers, since if the employer became insolvent, poorly funded schemes would pass to the lifeboat fund.“In our view, more could be done to ensure schemes are sufficiently funded, and employers continue to stand behind their promises,” it said.To help this happen, it said, “targeted improvements to the powers available to the Pensions Regulator” may be needed. It added: “We recognise, however, there are a number of schemes and employers where promises may now be unaffordable and that a specific regime, with suitable safeguards, would be appropriate.”The deadline for written submissions to the committee closed last month, and oral evidence sessions are set to begin soon, continuing to around the end of November.The committee is expected to publish its recommendations in January 2017. The UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has detailed a number of ways it believes its powers should be expanded to protect pension scheme members, including being given the ability to refuse clearance for certain proposed corporate actions.In its written submission to the parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee, which is conducting a broadened inquiry into the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) and TPR, the regulator highlighted several potential improvements to pensions regulation as it now stands. A spokesperson for TPR said: “Our submission to the Work and Pensions Select Committee sets out a number of ways where we feel the regulatory framework could be strengthened in areas such as clearance on corporate actions and information gathering.”“We look forward to giving evidence to the inquiry to elaborate on these proposals in more detail in the coming weeks.”last_img read more