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Posted on 4 April 2007  - 12:00

Didier Zokora reckons we're starting to see the best of him - and puts his ever-improving form down to his environment at Spurs.

Didier Zokora reckons we're starting to see the best of him - and puts his ever-improving form down to his environment at Spurs.The Ivory Coast international has been a bundle of energy in midfield with his regular bursts forward from deep particularly catching the eye.

Snapped up from St Etienne after impressing for Ivory Coast in the World Cup, Didier has admitted that it took time for him to settle into the Premiership but he’s starting to look at home – and that’s certainly the case off the pitch.

“I'm feeling confident,” said Didier back at the Lodge after Sunday’s 1-0 win against Reading. “I've been here for eight months, I've settled, my family is here and the players and manager give me the confidence to go and play.

“It was difficult to start with but I have the confidence now and it's been easier because of the manager, the players and the fans.

“I want to give my best performances for the team. That makes it easier. The fans are the next player for the team and every game I want to progress and do well for them.”

Preparing for Thursday night’s UEFA Cup quarter-final, first leg against Sevilla, Didier was well positioned to give a view on three of the Spanish side’s key players – Javier Chevanton, the former Monaca striker he used to play against in France; Julien Escude, who made his name at Rennes and Ajax and, of course, Fredi Kanoute, the former Spurs striker who Didier has come up against for the Ivory Coast against Mali.

Didier commented: “Chevanton is very, very quick. The same as Jermain Defoe. He's strong, can turn quickly and uses the space well. He’s dangerous.

“Escude played in Rennes, a good young defender who plays left-back. He can pass the ball, long and short passes and very rarely loses the ball. A very technical defender.

“I know Fredi because we play in the African Nations Cup. He's very big and makes it difficult for defenders because he keeps the ball so well. Now he's scoring more goals, he never scored as many in a season as he has now, another very technically-gifted player.”


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