Reece James (right) and Hakim Ziyech (left) argue on the pitch during Chelsea's shock 1-0 Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb, summing up the tension at the club.

Champions League: Reece James and Hakim Ziyech free-kick sums up Chelsea’s problems

Reece James and Hakim Ziyech’s Zagreb free-kick sums up Chelsea’s problems – with the unpredictable winger WINNING the line – as Andy Townsend says ‘it looks like Thomas Tuchel is struggling with his team’

Reece James and Hakim Ziyech argued on the pitch during Chelsea’s shock Champions League loss to Dinamo Zagreb as they debated who should take a free-kick.

The Blues suffered a shock 1-0 loss to the Croatian side on Tuesday night to continue their shaky start to the season, with Mislav Orsic’s fine finish proving the difference between the sides.

And their woes this season were summed up in the Croatian capital by the angry spat of James and Ziyech from a late set-piece.

Reece James (right) and Hakim Ziyech (left) argue on the pitch during Chelsea’s shock 1-0 Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb, summing up the tension at the club.

The Blues were awarded a free kick in the 96th minute, giving them a chance to equalize late in the game

The Blues were awarded a free kick in the 96th minute, giving them a chance to equalize late in the game

Defender James wanted to take the free kick after Ziyech hit the last into the wall

Defender James wanted to take the free kick after Ziyech hit the last into the wall

But the Moroccan pulled it off and insisted he take it, which caused James to show his frustration.

But the Moroccan pulled it off and insisted he take it, which caused James to show his frustration.

Chelsea earned a 96th-minute free kick at the Stadion Maksimir from a promising position, giving them the chance to snatch a last-minute equalizer in stoppage time.

Moroccan winger Ziyech – lambasted by fans for his ‘disastrous class’ after coming on at half-time and failing to make an impact – having already curled a free kick into the wall from 25 yards out, demanded that he also takes this free kick.

James, one of the few Chelsea players to emerge with some credit on the night, protested to Ziyech, shrugging in frustration and trying to make his point – with captain Jorginho not stepping in to serve as a mediator.

As winger Ziyech prepared to take the free kick, James stood very close with his hands on his hips

As winger Ziyech prepared to take the free kick, James stood very close with his hands on his hips

It was a frustrating night for the Premier League side and Blues manager Thomas Tuchel (right)

It was a frustrating night for the Premier League side and Blues manager Thomas Tuchel (right)

But the former Ajax player pulled his row, raising his arms in the air and covering his mouth before saying something to James, who then partially turned away and raised his hand in contempt, smiling without humor.

As Ziyech prepared to take the free kick, Mason Mount walked away, but James stood very close to the ball with his hands on his hips to show his distinct frustration. Ziyech then kicked the ball into the wall again.

Pundit Martin Keown, speaking on BT Sport’s comments, asked: ‘Where’s the leadership there?

The German received a yellow card from referee Istvan Kovacs for dissenting from the touchline

The German received a yellow card from referee Istvan Kovacs for dissenting from the touchline

And former Blues midfielder Andy Townsend, working as a commentator for Talksport, said it looked like Thomas Tuchel was “fighting” with his team.

“The balance isn’t quite there, the combinations aren’t quite working at the moment.

“Tuchel looks like he’s struggling with the team at the moment and doesn’t really know what the best way forward is.”

The German was seething after the game: “I’m angry with our performance. I’m mad at myself because I didn’t see it coming. I thought the team was prepared, I thought we knew what it was about. I didn’t see it coming, that’s why I’m angry.

Former Blues midfielder Andy Townsend - who now works as a commentator - said it looked like Tuchel was

Former Blues midfielder Andy Townsend – who now works as a commentator – said it looked like Tuchel was ‘fighting’ with his team

Tuchel’s 100th game in charge of Chelsea proved to be an opportunity to forget and he added: “I’m part of it. We’re clearly not where we need to be and where we can be, so it’s It’s on me, it’s on us For the moment everything is missing.

“It’s a huge underperformance from all of us. It’s not precise enough, not clinical enough, not aggressive enough…Obviously they’re underperforming individually and I’m not sure where that’s coming from. this performance.

“A lack of determination, a lack of hunger and a lack of intensity to do the things we need to do at the highest level. We are clearly not where we want to be.

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Champions League: Reece James and Hakim Ziyech free-kick sums up Chelsea’s problems

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