The young left-back, who made his first competitive start for us in last week’s Capital One Cup victory at Aston Villa, says he and the rest of the travelling party are ‘buzzing’ as we prepare for our second outing in Group K.
But the England youth international knows we cannot afford to underestimate the challenge of an Anji side struggling in the Russian top flight.
“We are very confident now going into the game and everyone’s buzzing,” said the 21-year-old. “All the lads are happy so it should be a good game on Thursday.
“I think that if we don’t get complacent and still do the job, it should be a good confidence boost ready for the weekend against West Ham.”
Last week’s 4-0 win at Villa was Zeki’s second appearance of the campaign, after he came on as a second half substitute in our 3-0 Europa League Play-Off Round Second Leg win over Dinamo Tbilisi at the Lane earlier this season.
And he says he’s thankful for the chance to hone his craft as part of a solid back four that includes experienced campaigner Jan Vertonghen – our dependable centre-half who also has experience of playing in Zeki’s favoured left-back berth.
“It was great to be involved playing 90 minutes in the Capital One Cup. It was a good experience for me, it gave me a bit of confidence,” said Zeki.
“It helps massively when you’ve got Jan talking to you, and players like him. It’s a good help and he gives you good information.
“Of course Jan knows both positions (centre-half and left-back) well, he reads the game well. That was good for me at Aston Villa because he was talking to me and helping me out.”