Chelsea midfielder Denis Zakaria praised on his debut

Denis Zakaria has been praised for his debut performance last night.

The Swiss midfielder started his first game for Chelsea last night against Dinamo Zagreb and scored the winning goal.

Thomas Tuchel signed the midfielder just a week before on the deadline day before getting sacked.

He has struggled for game time under the new manager but put a brilliant display last night.

‘I thought he was excellent, I thought he got round the pitch, he was the one your eyes went to because it was his first game,’ Joe Cole said.

‘I think he was the perfect partner for Jorginho. While Jorginho provided a bit of experience in there next to him, he was getting around putting his foot in and to get a goal would have been a bonus.’

Even Glen Hoddle praised the midfielder for his contribution last night.

‘I liked his character and his demeanour on the pitch, it was his first game for Chelsea and he looked as if he felt at home,’ he said. ‘He walked down the tunnel and went to all the players and I looked at Rio [Ferdinand] and said “was that for show or was that for real?” and the way he was on the pitch that was for real. He was making himself feel “I’ve arrived and I’m here to stay”.’


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