Kurt Zouma had been a revelation for us in the last season. No one expected the youngster to play any significant part in our title winning squad. But, fortunately, we were proved wrong by the big man himself!
For the first half of the season, Kurt Zouma had to mostly warm the benches as Gary Cahill and John Terry’s partnership did pretty well for us at the back. The Spurs debacle on the New Years was the turning point in Zouma’s career. Jose Mourinho started trusting the Frenchman to start the Premier League games and Zouma quickly established himself as an important member of the squad.
The game against Manchester United at the Bridge where Zouma completely owned the in-from Marouane Fellaini was his best of the season. The Frenchman started the game as a Defensive Midfielder and was amazing in shutting down the big Belgian in the middle. He did the similar thing to Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane too while we revenged the Spurs later in the season. Shutting down Raheem Sterling against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semi-final was another memorable performance from the big man. Fair to say, he had a big hand in helping Chelsea complete the double!
Mr. Happy did an interview recently and had the following to say on the life after winning the title:
“Last season is finished and now we have to show that next season will be ours to win again.
“It wasn’t easy to switch off in the summer because last season was really nice and to relax after that was difficult.
“But in another way it was easier because we could sleep like a champion. I was very proud. When you’re a champion you can sleep for one whole day, 24 hours! But now we have to be real, now we have to be focussed on the new season.”
Source – Evening standard
The Blues will be back for the pre-season this week and a lot is expected from Zouma. As we know, John Terry is at the twilight of his career and it’s time the Frenchman takes the next step in his career and establish himself as a regular in our starting eleven. Good luck to Zouma! Hopefully, he has a very good pre-season!
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