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Zouma's Positive Impression

Kurt Zouma

KURT ZOUMA says his first impressions of Paul Lambert have been nothing but positive following his arrival as Stoke City manager earlier this week.

The Scot signed a two-and-a-half year contract at the bet365 Stadium and began his first day in the Potters hot-seat on Tuesday where he met his new players.

Lambert took charge of his first full training session on Thursday morning, putting his squad through their paces in a number of tough drills in preparation for tomorrow’s home clash with Huddersfield Town.

Zouma told Premier League Productions that the transition over the last few days has been an enjoyable one and that he and his teammates have received a new found confidence from their new boss.

“He’s a very, very good manager who knows what he wants to do. He’s very focussed on shape and us individually as players with the way he wants us to play,” the Frenchman said.

“He wants us to run more and to press the ball, don’t be scared to play direct and shoot on sight as well as threaten the opposition.

“He has told us that we have great quality in the squad and there’s no doubt about that. We know we haven’t had great results before but he’s told us to focus on the future, starting on Saturday."

“It’s been a very good week of training. It was intense before but the session yesterday was certainly that little bit more high intensity, but very enjoyable.

“When a new manager comes in you need to be more focussed on what we are doing and perhaps take things more seriously, that’s exactly what we are doing in preparation for Huddersfield.

“It’s an important game and we are in a relegation battle, we need to get points and the manager is here to help us do that – but we as players need to help him as well.”

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