Zouma: Objective achieved

Kurt Zouma, a starter in last night’s memorable victory over Liverpool, is relishing his first trip to Wembley.

The 20-year-old played the full two hours at the heart of our defence alongside John Terry, impressing with his aerial prowess and speed. After arguably the biggest game of his Chelsea career to date, Zouma reflected on the 1-0 extra-time win and the big Frenchman couldn’t contain his excitement.  

‘It was an amazing game,’ he said. ‘We were very happy to win and keep a clean sheet again. After a defeat we had to win and go to Wembley. We reached the target so we are all very happy.

‘These kinds of big games are very difficult tactically and mentally and I’m proud to have played. We defended well in the first half and then played excellently in the second half. All the players gave blood.

‘It’s a big boost for us because we want to win this cup. The dressing room afterwards was amazing, there was a lot of music and everybody was very happy.’

The victory seals our place at Wembley on 1 March with Tottenham or Sheffield United our Capital One Cup final opponents, with the second leg of that tie taking place in Yorkshire tonight.

Zouma is one of a number of the current first team squad who will head to England’s national stadium as a Chelsea player for the first time.

‘I’ve never been to Wembley,’ he confirms. ‘I hope I’m going to get to know it and that thought is very amazing and crazy for me.

‘I’m happy I played the last two games but I have to keep working. I have confidence when I play. The coach has given me my chance and I have to always be ready if he does again.

‘Now we have a big game this weekend and we have to recover well.’