World Cup 2010: Cote D'Ivoire's Didier Zokora Pleased With Defensive Duties

The Sevilla man was all smiles...
Ivory Coast midfielder Didier Zokora transformed into a central defender for the day during his side's 0-0 draw with Portugal.

Far from feeling out of his element, the Sevilla man relished the experience.

"Before the game I was told I'd play centre-back, against one of the best teams in the world! But I did well," said Zokora to the microphone after the match.

"I was very happy with the result against a team like Portugal. It was not easy. But now I look forward to Brazil."

When asked if he would play a more attacking match in the Elephants' next game against Brazil, Didier made no promises.

"They have very good players. I want to play more compact, you know, than against Portugal because Brazil have a lot of great players," he warned.

"But for now I will rest, go to the hotel, relax, call the family, and have a good time."

Zokora relished the Ivorians' newfound defensive aspects, which he made increasingly clear.

The former Tottenham man insisted, "Defence is very important because there are three games, and all are tough. But we've taken a lot of confidence. And I want to play defensively again because Brazil are a great team."

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