Chelsea youngster Kurt Zouma has impressed this season, posing a serious challenge to Gary Cahill’s position at centre-back, and the defender has revealed just what the Special One has taught him during his breakthrough campaign.
The 20-year-old has been handed five Premier League starts this season, and played the full 90 minutes at Wembley Stadium in the Capital One Cup triumph over Tottenham Hotspur – with his impressive Blues performances earning him a senior international call-up with France this week.
Zouma has hailed the influence of Mourinho this term, and confesses that the Portuguese boss has taught him to never accept defeat.
“To hate defeat. When you lose it’s out of bounds to continue as normal in the evening. When you play for Chelsea you must not accept losing,” the Frenchman was quoted by the Daily Mail.
‘Mourinho puts pressure on all his players. He is very demanding and wants perfection.”
While the centre-back admits the pressure is high at Stamford Bridge – he is certainly flourishing under the conditions, having gained an excellent reputation, despite his young age – and has even been described as the ‘new Marcel Desailly’ by the BBC.