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Zouma: We have to react strongly

Kurt Zouma says the Chelsea players need to accept the disappointment of defeat to West Bromwich Albion and move on quickly to bounce back against Porto.

Our run of 14 matches unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel came to an abrupt and surprising end at Stamford Bridge yesterday, when we suffered a 5-2 loss to West Brom after being reduced to 10 men inside the first half-an-hour.

Zouma admitted it was difficult to pinpoint exactly where things went wrong, having conceded just two goals in our previous 10 Premier League games combined, and it is a result which hurts.

‘I don’t know what happened,’ he said. ‘After the international break, maybe a loss of focus, maybe a lack of commitment, but in a game like that you have to always be 100 per cent. Why we didn’t play 100 per cent I don’t know.

‘There are days when it’s not your day. Everyone’s very disappointed, there’s not much I can say. Maybe we weren’t focused enough, maybe West Brom wanted it more than us, but I don’t think that’s possible. You have days like that where nothing goes your way.

‘You have to learn from everything. In football you have to give your all every time on the pitch. We learn there maybe tactically, from mistakes on the ball, without the ball too. We will analyse it calmly and then move on from there.’

There will be little time for reflection from the Blues though, which could turn out to be a blessing or a curse, as we are soon back in action with a massive game on Wednesday evening – the first leg of our Champions League quarter-final against Porto in Seville.

With that in mind, Zouma feels it is important not to make excuses for the performance against West Brom and to move on from that result quickly.

‘The result speaks for itself,’ added the Frenchman. ‘Everyone is very disappointed, but it is just one game and we need to get back to what we were doing before the international break and hopefully we will get back to it as soon as possible.

‘There’s no time to find excuses. We didn’t win the game, we lost badly, and it’s a very difficult game to swallow, but we have to because we’ve got another game in midweek and we have to prepare for that.

‘We have to bounce back. We have to react strongly and this is what we are going to do.’

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