When Frank Lampard took over, he put the emphasis of Chelsea’s play was on the attacking end, often leaving the defensive line exposed.
One of the primary scapegoats for many conceded goals at the beginning of the season was Kurt Zouma.
However, Chelsea put themselves in the Champions League spots after the improving performances at the back.
The Blues haven’t conceded in two consecutive league matches, largely due to Zouma’s performances.
The centre-back himself commented on this for Chelsea’s official website, saying:
“We can see everyone in training working hard, we now know each other and you can see everyone improving.”
“We want to be very difficult to beat and a very good team playing, so that is what we are trying to do and we are working hard in training on what we do on the pitch.
“It was a very good win for us, a very difficult game when you have Newcastle coming here and putting everyone at the back and trying to counter-attack.
“We stayed focused but the first half was a bit difficult because they were compact.”
Zouma was satisfied with the second-half improvement which led to Alonso scoring the only goal of the match.
“The second half we created some more spaces and then we had more chances to score.
“We scored one and we could have scored more but the most important is the three points and the clean sheet as well.”
Lampard is making his impact at Chelsea, as everyone is thrilled to watch such a young attacking-minded team.
Zouma referred to the manager’s half-time talk, saying:
“The manager said at half-time we have to keep moving them from side to side and try to find the space in between the lines, so that is what we did, and it could have been maybe two or three goals more. But we are happy with the goal and the clean sheet as well.”