Date: 25th March 2015 at 12:35am
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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has a long way to go before he can be compared with the legendary Marcel Desailly, according to the club’s goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon.

The 20-year-old’s star has risen immeasurably in his first season at Stamford Bridge¬†after producing a number of mature performances in the heart of the Blues’ defence.

Comparisons with Desailly have since been made and, although Lollichon acknowledges that Zouma has a bright future ahead of him, the coach says that likening him to the World Cup winner is premature.

“You have to be patient, and not compare. Marcel, technique-wise, had more finesse. Kurt is in the process of developing that,” he told

“There’s the understanding of the game too. Kurt is young. He has just arrived and he had a very good development at Saint-Etienne.

“He needs to work on his understanding of the game. He is already in the France squad. He is not a first-team regular, either for Chelsea or les Bleus, but he is at the top in terms of his club and his national team.

“He works hard. He is serious. He is focussed on what he has to do. Above all he is intelligent enough to do what he can do, and not to try to do too much. And that is very good.”


6 responses to “Chelsea coach: Zouma is good – but he is no Desailly!”

  1. paul says:

    Zouma is a good player..he’s always discipline at the pitch of play,i think he have a brighter future at stanford bridge..

  2. paul says:

    Keep it up Zouma…but always move forward with the ball,defend more also..

  3. Eric Hazard says:

    Zouma is even better than Gary Cahill but he need a little bit experience.

  4. franco says:

    zouma iz goin to b a gud defender kam 2 years @ stamford bridge

  5. john says:

    Zouma was currently the young best defender in EPL and Europe Generally, Kip it up Zouma

  6. Unionjack says:

    OK He might not be Desailly yet but Id play him over Cahill right now. Unlike alot of our lads that have just been off form since Xmas Cahills not been himself all season. My dream is to put Zouma eith Varane as our backbone with JT going we need to start playing Zouma much more. And what with Bane getting slower and less structured and Luis seemingly not having Mous faith we have a defender problem.