Zokora backs new boss
Didier Zokora is relishing the prospect of working underneath Juande Ramos at Tottenham.
By Valer St Clair
Last Updated: 01/11/07 9:30am
Tottenham midfielder Didier Zokora admits he is relishing the prospect of working underneath Juande Ramos at White Hart Lane.
The Ivorian midfielder has become an integral part of the Spurs midfield and recently took the captain's armband in the absence of Robbie Keane, Ledley King and Paul Robinson.
Zokora is now eager to help Ramos kick-start Spurs' flagging campaign.
Relishing the prospect
"I am looking forward to working under another great attacking coach, because our old manager was also a good attacking coach," Zokora told skysports.com.
"What we need to do is to defend a little better and we will be back in the top half of the table.
"Ramos has got a good reputation all over Europe, my national team-mate Arouna Kone in Seville told me positive things about him."
Zokora admits his performances have been below par so far this season, but he is determined to turn things around.
"My form has not been very good like the rest of the team, however I am working hard in training to improve my own form and also the team's results," he added.
Eye on Africa
Zokora will be one of a host of Premier League starts heading to the African Cup of Nations in January.
Ivory Coast will face Mali, Nigeria and Benin in the group stages and Zokora cannot wait to pit his wits against some of Africa's top stars.
"We are one of the favourites, we can win it with a bit of luck, however teams like Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt are also very good, and also there is an outsider such as Mali, with good players such as the Sevilla duo: [Seydou] Keita and [Fredi] Kanoute, Momo Sissoko and Mamadou Diarra, their midfield is very strong, I can't wait for our battle in midfield with the help of Yaya Toure."