Newcastle vs Chelsea
Chelsea are set to return to action this weekend.
The Blues will kick off week nine of the 2020/21 Premier League season away to Newcastle United in Saturday’s early fixture.
Chelsea head into the game on the back of a fine spell of form, which has seen them go unbeaten in eight outings across all competitions.
The Londoners’ defensive record has also improved markedly over recent weeks, with Frank Lampard’s side having conceded just once in their last six ties.
As for Newcastle, they are currently 13th in the Premier League table, following a rather inconsistent start to the campaign which has seen the Magpies win three, lose three and draw two of their league outings.
Lampard on Zouma
Ahead of his side’s return to action, Frank Lampard spoke to the media on Thursday.
The Chelsea boss discussed a number of topics in his pre-Newcastle presser, including Kurt Zouma.
The Frenchman has been a mainstay in Chelsea’s backline this term, missing just one league game, in which the Londoners shipped three goals vs West Brom.
As well as playing a big role in Chelsea’s defensive resurgence, Zouma has also been chipping in at the other end, scoring three goals in seven league appearances.
All of Zouma’s goals thus far have come from corners, with his aerial presence crucial both offensively and defensively.
As such, when drawn on the fact that Zouma has won more aerial duels than any player in Europe’s top 10 leagues this season during his latest press conference, Lampard was unsurprisingly full of praise for the stopper:
“I saw that stat and I am not surprised. It is a fantastic stat and the level he is at, he will be very important for us and he has been very important for us this season at both ends of the pitch.
“It is something we looked at in the off season, we could have been better at times, certainly in terms of defending our own box.
“That’s the standard we need to keep. There are reasons we have had a decent run of clean sheets and not conceding many goals and Kurt is a factor in it.
“He has been a big part of that, every centre back and player in our team need to be switched onto the aerial threat against teams with individuals who can be dangerous in games.”
For the latest Chelsea fitness news ahead of Newcastle, check out the article linked below:
Lampard with the latest on Pulisic, Havertz, Silva & Chilwellhttps://t.co/yz1okPT3r3
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) November 19, 2020
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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