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‘Time to silence the haters’, ‘I’m getting goosebumps already’ – Chelsea fans are thrilled that the 29-year-old star has featured in XI’s match against Southampton

Chelsea fans are delighted to see Hakim Ziyech in the starting line-up to face Southampton in the Premier League match tonight (30 August).

The Moroccan striker has scored less than 30 minutes for the Blues this season despite the club having played four matches already.

Fans had been hoping to see the vibrant striker under Thomas Tuchel again this season. The manager acceded to their wish to start it at St Mary’s. This will be his first full appearance of the season, with time off the bench in previous matches.

Taking to Twitter, the Stamford Bridge support team paid tribute to the striker. They’re hoping he can make a strong showing to improve his click rankings.

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Here is a selection of tweets from jubilant fans:

Chelsea squad news and starting lineup ahead of Southampton clash

Chelsea put together a strong squad to face Southampton in a midweek clash against the South Coast side.

The Blues were hampered by Conor Gallagher’s suspension and N’Golo Kante’s injury. However, Thomas Tuchel picked the best available to him with his team hoping for three more points.

The Blues will line up with Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in goal, continuing with three defenses in this match.

Tuchel chose Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva and Calido Coulibaly to protect his defence. The former Napoli player will return after missing the previous match due to suspension and hopes to be able to avoid the red card today.

The Blues line up for third with new boy Mark Cucurella staying in place on the left after his impressive start so far. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jorginho are two other players vying for control of the team in different positions.

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Raheem Sterling will continue to lead Chelsea’s streak after his double in the last game, flanked by Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount.

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Conor Gallagher has been replaced by Billy Gilmore on the bench.

Other substitutes include Kepa Arrizabalaga, Ben Chilwell, Ethan Ampadu, Karni Chukwemica, Matthew Kovacic, Christian Pulisic, Harvey Valli and Armando Bruga.

Chelsea are currently sixth in the Premier League table after winning two of their first four matches.

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