Zouma:”We are starting to wake up.”

Zouma:”We are starting to wake up.”

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Kurt Zouma © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea centre back Kurt Zouma has no doubt that tonight’s victory over Stoke City would be a sign of progress towards a return to form.

Even if today’s match in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup against Stoke City is considered by many as less important than a weekend meeting against Liverpool, the Frenchman insists that every victory is a sign of progress and the Blues will try to show their best at Britannia Stadium.

Zouma told London Evening Standard:

“We have relaxed too much mentally. Our feet got too close to the fire.

“I don’t know why we have not been able to achieve good things this season with the great players we have in our squad. But we are starting to wake up.”

“We are all motivated — not to make a spectacular comeback but simply to return to our normal levels.”

“The manager played me at right-back against Dynamo Kiev and it was the first time in ages I have played in that role. I didn’t get my bearings.”

“My favoured role is in central defence.”