Kurt Zouma opens up on what Thiago Silva has dropped at Chelsea
The duo has began collectively in three of our final 4 video games, and the one recreation they didn’t, we went on to concede thrice. A clear sheet has been a rarity of kinds for Chelsea below Lampard, however Zouma and Silva have now ensured three on the trot when partnered collectively.
Talking to the press in Russia (h/t Football.london), Zouma has opened up on the work behind the scenes that has helped result in this transformation.
The Frenchman believes all of the onerous work finished in coaching is paying off now on the sphere. Chelsea have integrated Silva, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy to their first alternative rearguard.
Given the inflow of latest gamers, it was sure to take time for gamers to gel collectively. It seems to now be taking form. Zouma additionally attributes the development in communication as a key issue to success as a bunch.
On the centre of all of it is Silva. The Brazilian veteran was in his heyday among the best defenders in world soccer. Having that have to steer the backline is a good attribute to the membership.
“As quickly as he got here in he was a part of the group, already speaking to the participant. It’s nice for us. He brings calm and all of his expertise.”
Having turned 36 final month, Silva has made up for his lack of tempo with good studying of the sport. He showcased on the finish of final season that he’s nonetheless able to stopping a juggernaut akin to Robert Lewandowski regardless of his superior age.
Procuring a participant of such guile and high quality without cost is an excellent piece of enterprise by the membership. As issues stand, he has not given us an opportunity to query that call.
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Whereas Silva has certainly introduced a semblance of group to the backline, different gamers too have stepped up.
Zouma seems to be far more assured alongside the Brazilian whereas Mendy has put the goalkeeping debate to relaxation. A stable backline is one which works collectively and Chelsea seem like closing in on simply that.