Kurt Zouma expecting the same for Chelsea against City

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma is hoping for a chance to replicate last season's impressive display against Manchester City on Sunday.

The versatile Frenchman made only his second Premier League appearance when the Citizens made the trip to Stamford Bridge at the end of January, starting ahead of Gary Cahill alongside captain John Terry.

A rare Thibaut Courtois error denied the pair a clean sheet, with David Silva firing home a close-range equaliser in the first-half. However, the draw kept Jose Mourinho's side five points clear at the top of the table and the Blues never looked back.


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The performance and result remains a 'good memory' for Zouma, who feels this weekend offers a chance for Chelsea to show just why they are champions following the 2-2 draw against Swansea last Saturday.

"It is a good memory. And it was an important stage in my development. First of all I played the game and I was really proud of that. We drew 1-1 and we defended well. For my part I think I did well against a good attack, helping the team to a draw," he told the official Chelsea website.

"We know we are playing against a good team on Sunday and it will be difficult, but we have a chance to win. I think it will be a very interesting game.

"It’s a chance early in the season to show why we are champions. We want to defend our title. The season after a very good season is always hard but we have to show we are ready to try and do it."

Adapted well

Whilst Zouma isn't guaranteed a start at the Etihad Stadium, his ability to play anywhere across the backline makes him a valuable asset to Mourinho throughout the season.

The 20-year-old has also played in a holding midfield role before, notably against Spurs in last season's League Cup final, but it's at left-back where the youngster has quickly adapted his game after playing in the position both in pre-season and the FA Community Shield.

"Because I’m right-footed I have never played at left-back. It was different for me positionally so I had to learn quickly and adapt to it," he added.

"It’s really not a problem because the boss needed me in that position and I have to give everything for the team. We all have to think about the team first of all so I always do that. 

"They were good experiences for me because I played the games and I always want to be on the pitch enjoying myself and helping the team.

"I’m feeling very well. I had some opportunities to play in pre-season and play in some good games. Now the Premier League has started we are just focused on the next game. We are looking forward to it."

After the clash with City on Sunday, the Blues next travel to West Brom the following week before hosting Crystal Palace in west London at the end of the month.

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