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Va va Zoum - sensational Kurt inspires League Cup success

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Kurt Zouma was named as a starter by Jose Mourinho to make his cup final debut at Wembley yesterday in the Capital One Cup Final.

The 20 year old Frenchman, from Lyon in France, was asked to a fill a void left by Nemanja Matic, who was ruled out due to his red card against Burnley. This was to be his first appearance on the big stage, and what an appearance it was, and what a performance it was!

Along with other players, Zouma had the job of keeping quiet players that are very much in form, players such as Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, two players who have been very good so far this season for Tottenham.

He did so with class and intelligence all game.

Jose Mourinho spoke about Zouma after the game saying: "He's our new Marcel Desailly. He did a fantastic job". High praise indeed.

In truly typical modest style, Zouma responded to Mourinho's comments saying: "I'm very proud to hear the comparison, but Marcel is a Chelsea legend and I have only played 10 or so games". A calm response from a player that also shows that sort of composure on the field too. The thing for me with this kid is that he doesn't ever look out place, it's as if he's played in this team for years. He looks assured and very comfortable.

This wasn't a risk from Jose but with the manager basically saying: "Go and do your stuff son", he responded with a terrific performance from start to finish and more than justified his selection. Yesterday will of given him an even bigger confidence boost - not that he needed it. The lad performed on one of the biggest stages in world football, in front of 89,294 fans, and it will happen again soon because the big stage is where both Chelsea and Zouma belong.

Zouma will hope to start again on Wednesday when Chelsea travel to West Ham United, and his chances of selection will not have been done any harm performing like he did yesterday. Whether it's midfield or defence, he has now proven he can play both roles and it gives Mourinho a very good selection headache.

Well done Kurt Zouma!

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