The Danish midfielder was handed his first Premier League start for Chelsea in their 2-0 victory over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge since moving to Chelsea on the deadline day of the transfer window.
Zakaria was deployed in the midfield of Chelsea alongside Jorginho. The blues recorded an emphatic 2-0 win over stubborn Bournemouth. Chelsea recorded a clean sheet and dominated the game from start to finish but their win was overcrowded by the injury of Reece James.
The Premier League debut of Denis Zakaria in the Premier League was long overdue after his stalling debut in the Champions League against Dinamo Zagreb where he scored and also had a good performance against Manchester City in the Carabao despite Chelsea losing the game.
Denis Zakaria was happy to make his Premier League debut for Chelsea and was also happy with the result but insisted that there is more for improvement.
What did Denis Zakaria say?
The Chelsea midfielder said via the Chelsea official website: “I’m really happy for the team and for the big win,’ he said. ‘I thought my performance could have been better so I wasn’t very happy with that but we won and that’s the most important thing.
“I’m pleased to get some minutes in the legs. That was good and important for me. I have to keep working and it will be better with time.
“We saw that we have to do some things better and it wasn’t our best match but the important thing was the win and we have to work now for the next game.”
Zakaria was involved in Chelsea’s second goal as his surging forward pass found Kai Havertz, who assisted Mason Mount.
Reacting to his involvement in Chelsea’s second goal, he said: “I was running to the goal but I saw that it was closed in front of me so I had to go back.
“Kai was there and he gave the ball to Mason, who scored a beautiful goal. I’m very happy for him and happy for the team because it was a really important performance.”
The World Cup break has resulted in a hectic fixture as Chelsea plays four matches in the space of two weeks. The blues face Nottingham Forest on Sunday before a double header against Manchester City in the FA Cup and the Premier League respectively.
On the tight fixture scheduled, he added: “This year is a bit difficult for the players because we have a lot of games.
“But we are professional footballers and we love to play football so, in the end, we are happy to do it.
“We know that we have a lot of games coming so we have to do our best to win every one of them and we’re going to work all week to do that.”
There are rumors that Chelsea is ready to trigger Enzo Fernández’s £120 million release clause and has begun discussing personal terms with the Argentinian international.