Reece James' reaction to Hakim Ziyech not letting him take 96th minute free-kick was priceless
Reece James' reaction to Hakim Ziyech refusing to let him take a 96th minute free-kick has gone viral online.
The Croatian left Chelsea's £70 million signing Wesley Fofana in the dust on the counter attack and slotted past Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Thomas Tuchel's side did not find a response and it was a frustrating night for the Blues.
Ziyech, who was heavily linked with a move in the summer window, was thrown on at half-time in place of Cesar Azpilicueta in an attempt to turn the game around.
But the Moroccan international did not have much of an impact and he left teammate James fuming late on.
Chelsea had a free-kick in a promising position in the sixth minute of stoppage time and both James and Ziyech lined up, with Mason Mount also interested.
That was his second free kick in 5 minutes and reece James had every right to claim it pic.twitter.com/fcMdhrdFBG— Gooner (@pouroutsumhenny) September 6, 2022
It was in a decent position and James fancied his chance. But Ziyech did not allow his teammate to have a crack despite having a second set-piece in a matter of minutes.
That led to James pulling his face, cleary miffed at his teammate's refusal.
Reece James when Ziyech took that last free kick pic.twitter.com/3tXr2KrWie— Vally (@val1yy) September 6, 2022
Reece James' face when Hakim Ziyech wanted to take that free kick again was hilarious— Harry Saratov (@HKSaratov) September 6, 2022
Reece James was visibly disgusted Ziyech wanted to take that second free kick after his terrible first attempt. And Ziyech lived up to James’ expectation on the second one 💩— Chelsea Babe🇿🇦 (@Boitumelo_MB) September 6, 2022
Reece James not happy Hakim Ziyech is taking free kick. It’s in the wall AGAIN.— Matt Debono (@MattDebonoAC) September 6, 2022
Zieych taking that free kick from Reece James has really dandered me up. Who do you think you are?— Billy (@_CFCBilly) September 6, 2022
YOU COULD SEE REECE JAMES SAYING...BRUH...STEP OFF...WHY LET ZIYECH TAKE THE FREE KICK AGAIN?— Have Hope 🇳🇬 (@havehopehut) September 6, 2022
Ziyech smashed his free-kick straight into the wall and the ball ended up going out for a goal-kick that was celebrated by Dinamo players.
Martin Keown picked up on the interaction between Ziyech and James, who he reckons was in disbelief that the former Ajax man wanted a second dead-ball attempt
“I think you can see there’s a bit of a row taking place," Keown said on commentary.
"James is saying ‘Really, after that one? You want to take another one?’”
Things aren't quite well at Chelsea despite a £270 million outlay in the summer. The Stamford Bridge outfit sacked manager Thomas Tuchel after this result, which comes just days before the derby against Fulham this weekend.
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