Chelsea defender: ‘It’s just about communication and working hard’ – Kurt Zouma on importance of keeping clean sheets

Kurt Zouma has been in fine form recently, after what was a difficult start to the season.

After two-years away on loan at Stoke City and Everton, questions were asked as to whether the Frenchman would be able to adapt to life back at Stamford Bridge, and regain the form he showed prior to the ruptured anterior knee ligament damage he suffered to his right knee in February 2016.

A lack of clean sheets has been a major talking point among Chelsea fans this season. The Blues have struggled defensively, keeping only four this campaign in all competitions.

The most recent came on Saturday against Crystal Palace. At the heart of The Blues’ defence was the former Saint-Etienne man.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Chelseafc.com, Zouma spoke of the importance of keeping clean sheets, he said:

“As a defender I’m very happy with the clean sheet and it’s really important for us to keep clean sheets, to keep that confidence high”.

The France international also talked about the importance of communication with his teammates, by adding:

“It’s just about communication and working hard. You have to be in the right position at the right time, talk to your team-mate next to you, and do it all together”.

Chelsea go into the international break on a run of six successive wins. Zouma spoke of the players happiness after the win at Stamford Bridge.

“We’re delighted, We’re working hard every day to get wins and this was the sixth one. We were patient, we scored two goals and didn’t concede any so we’re very happy”.

Zouma’s impressive form has been complimented by building up an excellent understanding with Fikayo Tomori. Alongside the Chelsea academy graduate, there is a realistic possibility the pair could be The Blues’ strongest partnership long-term.

Although you have to bare in mind that Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger have both missed out with injury. The former has appeared on eight occasions this season. Meanwhile, the latter has only played for 45-minutes. Rudiger was arguably Chelsea’s best defender last season, and seeing the German return would be a huge boost.

When all are fit, Chelsea will have more options, and competition for places will be strong. Having strength in-depth will no doubt increase Chelsea’s chances of achieving success this season.


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