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UCL: Joe Cole names Chelsea star that could lose motivation under Potter


Former Chelsea player, Joe Cole, has identified Hakim Ziyech as the Blues star that could lose motivation over time under their manager, Graham Potter.

Cole said this after Chelsea’s Champions League 2-1 win over RB Salzburg on Tuesday night.

Recall that Chelsea defeated Salzburg in Austria, thanks to goals from Mateo Kovacic and Kai Havertz.

Speaking on BT Sport, Cole said: “It’s the honeymoon period at the moment.

“Every player who’s been out in the cold, they have seen Kepa come back in and now everyone in that squad – young players, old players – they feel like they’ve got the opportunity to get back into the fold and become a big player at Chelsea.

“So everyone is motivated. That wanes after time. And he [Potter] will know that.

“After two or three months, Hakim Ziyech, for instance, he might be one – I’m only using him because he hasn’t featured as much as the others.

“But his motivation might start to slip, and then how do you manage that player then? All the pats on the back and everything might not be the right course of action.”

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