Read what Lampard has to say about rugged Zouma

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Kurt Zouma returned to the starting line-up in the Premier League against Watford, for the first time in months.

After an assured performance from the Frenchman against Watford, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard decided to give him another starting opportunity for the game against Crystal Palace.

Zouma did enough to show Lampard that he deserves to start more, after another good day at the back, including a last ditch sliding tackle that prevented Christian Benteke from hurting Chelsea with the last kick of the game.

Lampard admitted at the end of the game that he was pleased with the overall performance of Zouma, and admitted that his last ditch sliding tackle earned his team the three points.

Speaking at his post-match press conference, Lampard said: “It was fantastic from Kurt and I think at Watford he played a really good game as well.

“Imposing, great defending, good on the ball – and that’s everything I want.

“Defenders might not always get credit for those moments, the goalscorers get those, but his is definitely a points-saving tackle at the end, saves us two points. I’m really pleased with him.”

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