After helping us to a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, Kurt Zouma revealed what the Blues identified as vital tactic against the Eagles and what he believes are the key factors to keeping clean sheets.
Goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic secured a sixth Premier League victory on the bounce and three of them have come at Stamford Bridge, accompanied by a clean sheet.
Maintaining that winning run was obviously the most important thing on Saturday lunchtime, but Zouma was also keen to stress the value of keeping the opposition scoreless once again.
‘We’re delighted,’ he said. ‘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.
‘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. 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. We did it well.’
Zouma also discussed the three yellow cards handed out to the Blues inside the opening 33 minutes of the contest, which came as a result of a concerted effort to get about the Eagles high up the pitch.
‘We were watching before the game how Crystal Palace like to sit back and make the game difficult for their opponents,’ he said. ‘As soon as we lost the ball we tried to recover it quickly – that’s why we got yellow cards sometimes, because we tried to put high pressure all the time and we take risks sometimes.’
Next up for the majority of Frank Lampard’s players is an international break, with spots at Euro 2020 up for grabs, and then we face one of our toughest games of the season with a trip to face Manchester City.
After our recent run, however, we will go to the Etihad Stadium full of confidence to take on the reigning Premier League champions.
‘It’s going to be a big game, we’re playing well and it won’t be easy against one of the best teams in the league,’ he added. ‘We also have the quality to go there and do something, we believe in our quality.’