Zouma: We Must Learn From Leicester Defeat

Kurt Zouma says Everton must “grow as a team” – and the defender is certain Marco Silva’s side possess sufficient quality to rediscover their winning touch.

Everton went down to Jamie Vardy’s second-half strike for Leicester City at Goodison Park on New Year’s Day.

The Blues had 17 attempts at goal – one of which saw Jonjoe Kenny rattle the woodwork on 19 minutes – and the majority of possession against the Foxes.

They could not break down Claude Puel’s visitors, though, leaving Zouma to call on his side to recover the form which had them shooting towards the Premier League’s top six earlier this season.

“We need to grow as a team and when you don’t win, you learn, so we have to learn from today,” said Zouma.

“We have to be back at it again next week.

“Of course, we have the quality in the team to do it, [turn their form around].

“Leicester wanted the draw at least and one mistake gave them the goal. This is football.

“Now we need to be focused and try to turn things back our way.”


Everton had largely been in the ascendancy, with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford scarcely called into action, before Vardy’s breakthrough effort on 58 minutes.

The former England forward raced on to Ricardo Pereira’s precise first-time pass following Michael Keane’s slip and slotted his finish beyond Pickford.

Everton rallied, most notably with attempts from Richarlison and Cenk Tosun, but found the Foxes rearguard – expertly marshalled by Harry Maguire – and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in stubborn mood.

Silva’s side won one of their four games over the festive period – the 5-1 Boxing Day drubbing of Burnley.

But Zouma says memories are fresh in Everton’s dressing room of the two months from late September when the Toffees won five and drew one of seven Premier League matches.

And he insists an injection of confidence is all it will take for the quality which inspired that sequence of results to resurface.

“We have had some sloppy starts and maybe the confidence is a bit lower,” added Zouma.

Everton v Leicester City

“But it is down to us to turn it back round and do things right.

"We need to stop conceding goals, if you keep a clean sheet you will draw at least. It is about the work we do in training. We have had less time because of all the games but now we have more time to work on it and speak together.

"A few months ago we put quality in the games and were difficult to beat. We were winning games and we need to turn it back this way. We have the quality to do it. It is all about confidence. We just need to be focused on our jobs.

“You cannot play well all the time but you need to be right at it.

"You always play to win games but we are in a run where we are not winning a lot and we are very disappointed with the result today."

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