A lot of Chelsea fans commended the performance of defender Kurt Zouma despite seeing their team falling to a fourth defeat from their last five Premier League matches today.
The Blues were defeated 0-1 at home by Bournemouth, meaning they have now lost six Premier League games before the halfway point of the season.
On another bad day at the office for Frank Lampard’s team overall, the display of their French centre-back was one of the few positives.
The 25-year-old won eight aerial duels against the Cherries, the most of any Chelsea player this afternoon, and also recorded three successful tackles and made seven clearances. [via WhoScored]
A last-ditch tackle from Zouma denied Joshua King what seemed certain to be a goal in the first half and the defender was praised by some reporters afterwards, with Ben Pringle of the Daily Express referencing “a number of excellent headed clearances” from the Frenchman.
Owen Phillips of West London Sport noted how he “made several vital recovery challenges and generally defended well on a very frustrating day for the Blues”.
These Chelsea fans on Twitter also hailed Zouma’s performance in today’s defeat, with one fan believing he has outperformed fellow Blues centre-half Fikayo Tomori:
Zouma has been better than Tomori this season.
— H£NRY (@CFCHenryy) December 14, 2019
If you for once think Zouma and Rudiger didn’t do their part.. See a doctor man.
Zouma was exceptional tonight!
— Haris Zafar (@TIMESHARIS) December 14, 2019
We lost but to be fair ,Rudiger and zouma were class today 👊…..Some positives from the game 😎Come on you fans 😊
— Shamsa Ahmed (@shamsaahmed_abd) December 14, 2019
Sigh.. It was probably the most predictable game from Chelsea this season. Bournemouth played well but Chelsea looked like they ran out of ideas. Corners were also bad I can’t even mention how many times they hit the first man. I’m just happy Zouma was excellent defensively today
— Lukholo Skweyiya (@LukholoSkweyiya) December 14, 2019
Zouma is our best CB now
— George Dardoe (@nanaqwekujnr) December 14, 2019
Solid performance from Zouma solid Tackles and runs.
— Kevin De Diamante (@Muleyata1Kevin) December 14, 2019
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