Kurt Zouma came back after 11 months featuring in the FA Cup clash against Peterborough at Stamford Bridge last time out.
The Frenchman told the club’s official website: “It was a proud moment, an amazing moment to be back and playing 90 minutes”,
“I’m really happy because it was a long time I was out for and now I’m back at the Bridge with the lads”.
“I played four games for the development squad and in two of them I played the full 90 minutes. I played one for 45 minutes and one for 60 minutes but that was a long time ago, two months ago”.
“The medical staff have been brilliant with me, they did a great job and I thank them a lot. They were all behind me and they prepared me very well”.
About manager Antonio Conte, who praised Zouma after the game, he added: “He talked to me like he talks to everyone, ‘recover well, because when you are back I want you to play.’”
“In August I went on the tour with the squad, so I was next to the players, close to them, and that helped a lot. The manager explained his tactics to me because we did not know them before”.
“At that time we were playing four at the back but now we play a five with three central defenders”.
“The manager likes to do a lot of tactical work and he put me in there with the other players to help me learn and understand. It was good. He worked to make me understand it in my head even though I was not fully fit”.