"Mourinho told me I was rotten at Chelsea"

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma shared an anecdote about the day José Mourinho called him "rotten" after a particularly poor performance a few years ago. José Mourinho was behind the recruitment of the French defender at Stamford Bridge when the latter was 19 years old. The Portuguese brought him from Saint-Etienne in 2014 and the tricolor defender obviously paid the price for the sometimes harsh management of José Mourinho.

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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Still young and trying to find his marks as a professional and in a new championship like the Premier League, Kurt Zouma came back on a shocking moment with the Portuguese. The young defender confessed during an interview with RMC Sport & nbsp; to have been shocked when José Mourinho one day took him aside and there was no death sentence to criticize him after a performance which he considered completely insufficient. "data-reactid =" 13 "> Still young and trying to find his marks as a professional and in a new championship like the Premier League, Kurt Zouma returned to a shocking moment in the company of the Portuguese. The young defender admitted in an interview with RMC Sport that he was shocked when José Mourinho one day he sidelined him and did not go to death to criticize him after a performance which he considered totally insufficient.

Zouma supports Mourinho

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = ""I can't remember what match it was and the team we were playing, we were losing 3-1 away. The next day José Mourinho catches me, he takes me to & nbsp ; his office and he asked me if I'm okay. I said yes, he asked me if I was sure. I said yes again, he replied 'Because you were rotten & nbsp; this weekend. 'It shocked me, but it made me want to react immediately on the pitch. & nbsp; I remember it hurt me, it affected me. But I really wanted him show that I could react ", said the tricolor central defender. "data-reactid =" 26 ">"I don't remember what game it was and the team we were playing, we were losing 3-1 away. The next day José Mourinho caught up with me, he took me to his office and he Ask if I'm okay I said yes he asked me if I was sure I said yes again he said 'Because you were rotten this weekend' shocked, but it made me want to react immediately on the pitch. I remember that it hurt me, that it affected me. But I really wanted to show him that I could react ", said the tricolor central defender.

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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = ""He is someone who loves victory. He uses all possible tools to achieve it. & Nbsp; I came here to Chelsa, at 19 and he made me play. I could have had many & nbsp; opportunities , I have played matches. & nbsp; I don't know what the others think, we all have different opinions, but for my part, I don't really agree with the idea that José Mourinho does not give lucky young players", added Kurt Zouma." data-reactid = "28">"He is someone who loves victory. He uses all possible tools to achieve it. I came here to Chelsa at 19 and he made me play. I could have had several opportunities, I have played matches. I don't know what the others think, we all have different opinions, but for my part, I don't really agree with the idea that José Mourinho does not give young players a chance"added Kurt Zouma.

Now 25, Zouma has been a strong start in Chelsea defense this season, with his 20 league games, only captain Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of him in the defensive sector. Kurt Zouma will meet face to face with his former manager next Saturday, when José Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge while his Tottenham team face the Blues. A double from Willian secured the victory for Frank Lampard's team in the first leg, after Son Heung-Min was sent off.