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Lampard: ‘I am delighted with’ Zouma

Mon 07 December 2020 | 8:09

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma is the highest-scoring defender in Europe and has helped his team to keep more clean sheets than any other team this season.

Chelsea

defender

Kurt Zouma

earned his side the lead over

Leeds United

on Saturday with a powerful second-half header.

Now with Zouma’s display, Chelsea has kept more clean sheets than any other team this season.

The 26-year-old has also four league goals.

Frank Lampard

has admired Zouma’s performance after the match and believes part of his improvement is because of his partner Thiago Silva.

“He has been playing well this season," Lampard said. "The eye-catching thing is the number of goals he is scoring from set-pieces and for me, that is a result of more confidence and more belief in himself.

"He has always had the size and strength, and now you see him in all parts of the pitch really - aerially he is a real threat and he is doing his job. I think a lot of the individual improvement or development, he had injuries and because of how his career went, he has been out on loan a couple of times.

"He trains every day, he doesn’t miss a day, he wants to do extras, he wants to work, he wants to do better, and those things to me are just absolutely fundamental to how players improve. And at the minute the level he is playing at week in week out is brilliant and long may it continue - he deserves it.

"The way we are playing as a unit at the moment defensively, as a team, that obviously helps him raise his standards, and obviously with Thiago next to him, that is a great standard-bearer for the rest of the season.

"As a unit, we look stronger and Kurt has been a big part of that. A lot of defending is about concentration. He has got so many attributes that are great for a center-back.

"I knew that when I came here that a guy like Kurt would be a big deal for me and he is showing that in terms of how he is playing. I am delighted with him.”

Chelsea’s defensive has been improving since they conceded 54 league goals last season which was the worst total since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

“We have got better at that - and the element of today’s game that felt a bit like last year was it was at 2-1 and we were missing chances and you feel nervous," he added. "I think now that hopefully, the players believe that we can see games out.

"There are moments where we have to go longer, get up the pitch, and keep them away from our goal. We have to be secure in possession and the players are getting better at that. It is massively important.

"Hopefully that belief continues to grow as it is a tough league and having that kind of experience and nature about us helps. It is through the experienced players that we have brought in. Of course, it is Thiago first and foremost.

"But I think [Edouard] Mendy will help a lot with that as well in terms of his distribution with seeing out games. It has helped us to improve.”


source: SportMob

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