‘We need to bounce back’: Kurt Zouma urges Chelsea to ‘react strongly’ after shocking West Brom defeat
- Chelsea lost 5-2 to West Brom on Stamford Bride on Saturday afternoon
- The Baggies dominated the game after defender Thiago Silva was sent off
- The surprising result put an end to Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten start
Kurt Zouma has insisted that Chelsea cannot apologize for Saturday’s 5-2 Premier League thump by West Brom and must ‘react vigorously’.
The French defender admitted to being stunned by the hefty defeat of the Blues, the first of Thomas Tuchel’s Stamford Bridge government.
Thiago Silva’s red card in the first half changed the skin color of the match, but after that the Baggies dominated and shot five impressive goals.
Kurt Zouma has insisted that Chelsea cannot make excuses for Saturday’s banging through West Brom
Chelsea will face Porto in Seville on Wednesday in the Champions League quarter-final, and Zouma admits there is little time to reflect on West Brom’s loss.
‘The result speaks for itself. Everyone is very disappointed, but it’s only one game and we have to get back to what we were doing before the international break and hopefully get back to it as soon as possible, ” Zouma told Chelsea’s official club website.
‘There is no time to find excuses. We didn’t win the game, we lost badly, and it’s a very hard game to swallow, but we have to because we have another game halfway through the week and we need to prepare for that.
‘We have to bounce back. We have to react strongly and this is what we are going to do.
‘I do not know what happened. After the international break, maybe a loss of focus, maybe a lack of commitment, but in such a match you always have to be 100 percent. I don’t know why we didn’t play 100 percent.
The Baggies gave the Blues the first defeat of Thomas Tuchel’s government at Stamford Bridge
‘There are days when it is not your day. Everyone is very disappointed, I can’t say much.
“Maybe we weren’t focused enough, maybe West Brom wanted it more than we did, but I don’t think that’s possible. You have days like that when nothing goes on.
‘You have to learn everything. In football you have to give everything on the field every time. We may learn tactically there, from mistakes on the ball, even without the ball. We will analyze it calmly and move on from there. ‘
Christian Pulisic will be in doubt for Wednesday’s game in Porto with a hamstring problem against West Brom.
Chelsea boss Tuchel revealed that the US forward picked up on the problem as he tried to return to the field for the second half.
“Christian did a sprint when he came back for the second half and said he felt his hamstring wouldn’t survive the match if he continued,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s official club website.
“So we had to decide immediately to replace him.”
Zouma has urged Chelsea to ‘respond strongly’ and return to the good form they were in
Matheus Pereira struck twice for West Brom, with Callum Robinson also claiming a brace and Mbaye Diagne completing the defeat.
Pulisic and Mason Mount hit the target for Chelsea, but the day turned out to be cathartic for the Blues.
West Brom boss Sam Allardyce praised Pereira’s performance and challenged the 24-year-old to keep improving his goal.
“What we’ve seen of him at Stamford Bridge is what we haven’t seen since he’s been here, and that’s the quality of his workmanship,” Allardyce said.
“He was brought here to score goals, and the quality of his goals today shows that he is capable of producing that kind of finish in the Premier League.”