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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma was part of the Chelsea squad that won the League Cup in 2015 under former boss Jose Mourinho.
It was Zouma’s first year in the Chelsea team, and the young defender made his debut in a 2-1 win over Bolton in the League Cup third round where he also got a goal. Zouma went on to play in the final against Tottenham, as Mourinho fielded him in midfield, with Chelsea beating Spurs 2-0 in the final.
That was the last time Chelsea tasted League Cup success, and the Blues will try to win the competition again under Frank Lampard, with Chelsea hosting Grimsby Town tonight at Stamford Bridge.
Zouma has told his teammates that the only way to win the League Cup is by total concentration, as anything short of that will see you knocked out.
“Hopefully this season we win it again,” Zouma told the official Chelsea website.
“What I learned when I first came to England was that every game you have to play at 100 per cent.
“If you play at 50, 60 per cent, you lose the game for sure. You have to give your all because people are ready to fight for every ball. There are a lot of physical teams here who play with good intensity.
“We need to be ready and focused. We know they will come to Stamford Bridge, and playing against one of the biggest clubs in the world they will be hungry. We need to show on the pitch we are also hungry to win and play the game like we have to play every day.
“Let’s take each game one by one. There aren’t as many games as in the Champions League, for example. We are a big club, and we need to show that on the pitch and in the end get that trophy if we can.”
Chelsea reached the Carabao Cup final last season, but the Blues lost out to Manchester City on penalties.