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Sport Zouma: Mourinho told me I was rubbish at Chelsea

04:05  14 february  2020
04:05  14 february  2020 Source:   goal.com

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The French defender worked with the Portuguese boss during his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.

“If I was going to sit on the bench for two more years, I would have been 33. Alisson is such a great keeper, even though I knew he might get injured or suspended. Zouma : Mourinho told me I was rubbish .

Kurt Zouma, Jose Mourinho are posing for a picture

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has opened up about the time Jose Mourinho called him "rubbish" after a particularly poor performance a few years ago. 

Mourinho brought a 19-year-old Zouma to Stamford Bridge from St Etienne in 2014 and was no stranger to the manager's confrontational ways. 

Still finding his feet at senior level, the young defender admits he was shocked when Mourinho took him aside one day and didn't hold back his criticism. 

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Neal Maupay of Brighton and Hove Albion crosses the ball under pressure from Kurt Zouma of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea FC at American Express Community Stadium on January 01, 2020 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) © 2020 Getty Images BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Neal Maupay of Brighton and Hove Albion crosses the ball under pressure from Kurt Zouma of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea FC at American Express Community Stadium on January 01, 2020 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“I cannot remember which match we were playing, we were losing 3-1, away from home,” Zouma told  RMC Sport

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“The following day, he [Mourinho] catches up with me, he takes me to his office, and he asks me if I am ok. I said yes, he asked me if I was sure. 

“I said yes again, he replied ‘Because you were rubbish this weekend.’ Like that, direct. It shocked me, but it made me want to immediately respond on the pitch. 

“I remember that it hurt me, that it affected me. But I really wanted to show him that I could react.”

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Mourinho has sometimes been accused of not utilising young players, a notion Zouma clearly disagrees with after benefitting from the Special One's tough love. 

“He is someone who loves victory. He uses all the tools possible to achieve it," Zouma said. 

“I came here at 19 and he played me. I was able to have my chances, I played my matches. 

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Jose Mourinho might be at the helm of a new era at Tottenham, the Portuguese manager having earned a solid track record of regularly winning trophies at clubs. "It has been a long time coming, we've been one of the best teams in the world in the years we've been together, we deserve a trophy," Dele

Juventus are plotting a move to bring Chelsea 's Willian to Turin - but the Brazilian is reported to not want a quick reunion with Maurizio Sarri, says the Express. Zouma : Mourinho told me I was rubbish .

“I don’t know what other people think, we all have different opinions, but from my side, I don’t really agree [with the notion that Mourinho does not give young players a chance].”

HULL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Kurt Zouma of Chelsea battles for possession with Tom Eaves of Hull City during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Hull City FC and Chelsea FC at KCOM Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Hull, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images) © 2020 Chelsea FC HULL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Kurt Zouma of Chelsea battles for possession with Tom Eaves of Hull City during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Hull City FC and Chelsea FC at KCOM Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Hull, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Now 25, Zouma has been a regular at the back for Chelsea this season, with his 20 league appearances second only to captain Cesar Azpilicueta in terms of defenders at the club.

Zouma will come face to face with his old manager next Saturday, when Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge as his Spurs side take on Chelsea.

A Willian double ensured Lampard left north London with all three points and the bragging rights over his former boss in December, with Son Heung-Min seeing red in a feisty encounter that also involved seven yellow cards.

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