Kurt Zouma has revealed how Frank Lampard is trying to mould his Chelsea squad.
The defender, speaking ahead of Tuesday’s night’s crunch Champions League clash with Lille at Stamford Bridge, says that new Blues boss Lampard wants his side to take more risks.
“He just wants us to be more responsible, to take more risks. He knows we have the ability. To play the game like in training. Playing without fear,” said Zouma, who has been a starter in Chelsea’s last five Champions League fixtures.
“Just thinking a bit more, there’s a lack of communication at times.”
“He (Lampard) hates a defeat. The kind of manager and he tells us that we have to do it better. But he is very calm, understands the game. We try to make it right the next game.”
Chelsea must beat Lille at Stamford Bridge to ensure safe passage to the knockout stages, with boss Lampard apparently looking for more character.
Zouma added: “We have to show character and we need to be motivated. The pressure is always there. Tomorrow is another game.
“We work together, we just have to keep together. Maybe it has been a bit quiet, we have to be better.
“Every game you feel a different pressure. You know if we win we go through.
“Tomorrow is like a final for us. We have played well before, Ajax away we played good. At home it was crazy.
“We know in the season it is up and downs. It is a different game, we want to play better.”
Antonio Rudiger is fit for just his second appearance of the season following groin trouble, with the Germany centre-back likely to step into the Blues’ defence.
“He is an important player for us. He has no pain, feeling good. Everyone is important and we want to move forward,” added Zouma.