“You were rubbish”: Kurt Zouma recalls harsh personal criticism from former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho during the time of the Portuguese manager at Stamford Bridge
- Kurt Zouma said that Jose Mourinho called him “nonsense” after a bad Chelsea result
- The Portuguese manager worked with Zouma in West London for two seasons
- Mourinho called the defender into his office and criticized him in the face
- Zouma, 25, is now a major player for Chelsea led by Frank Lampard
Jose Mourinho called Kurt Zouma “nonsense” after a defeat of Chelsea in the time of the Portuguese manager at Stamford Bridge.
The former Chelsea boss, who now manages London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, called the Frenchman to his office and criticized him in the face after the Blues lost away from home.
Despite being hurt by clear criticism, Zouma believes it was a Mourinho tactic to encourage him to do bigger things.
Kurt Zouma (right) said that former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (left) once called him junk
The defender told RMC Sport: “I can’t remember what game we played, we lost 3-1 away from home.”
“The next day he catches up with me, takes me to his office, and asks if I’m fine. I said yes, he asked me if I knew for sure.
“I said yes again, he said,” Because you were nonsense this weekend. “So, immediately. It shocked me, but it immediately made me want to respond to the field.
Zouma played 30 times under Mourinho on Stamford Bridge between 2014 and 2015
“I remember it hurt me, it affected me. But I really wanted to show him that I could respond. “
During the first season of the second Mourinho period at Stamford Bridge, the iconic manager sent Zouma on loan to Saint-Etienne for the 2013/14 season.
Upon his return to the club, the defender then played 30 times in the next two league seasons in West London, before Mourinho was fired a second time in December 2015 by Chelsea.
Now Zouma is a fixture in the new look of Frank Lampard in Chelsea, with 20 competition matches so far.
Numa 25 is a regular appearance maker in the (left) new look of Chelsea team by Frank Lampard
Despite his limited playing time under Mourinho as a young, the 25-year-old rejects the idea that the Portuguese have no confidence in the youth.
‘I don’t know what other people think, we all have different opinions, but for my part I don’t really agree [with the notion that Mourinho does not give young players a chance]. ”
“He is someone who likes victory. He uses all possible tools to achieve this.
“I came here at 7 pm and he played me. I have been able to get my chances, I have played my matches. “