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Kurt Zouma was a mainstay in the Chelsea defence under former boss Frank Lampard, but the Frenchman will now have to prove himself under new boss Thomas Tuchel.
Tuchel plays three centre-backs in defence, and favours Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger, and it’s been Andreas Christensen who has come in place of Thiago Silva since he got injured.
Zouma got his first league start under Thomas Tuchel in the 1-1 draw against Southampton, and the Frenchman has been blamed for losing concentration leading to Takumi Minamino’s goal.
However, Tuchel has insisted that he was pleased with Zouma’s performance against the Saints.
The Blues boss said: “It is a process and I’ve learnt a lot of positives about Zouma,’ explained our head coach, when referring to his selection policy.
“I was very happy with Kurt’s performance.
“We decided very late to put him on the pitch but he put in a very good game. I thought he was solid, he was a presence back there and he was very clear in his actions. He performed his role at a top level, which pleased me.”