Former Chelsea star gives his verdict on Kurt Zouma

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Chelsea’s defence against Sheffield United was shambolic, and the Blues had to pay with three goals conceded.

For the game against Crystal Palace, Kurt Zouma was hailed for a dying minute sliding tackle that prevented Palace from getting back to the game. But against Sheffield United, he’d be blamed for their third goal, as he put little effort in tracking back to block a cross.

Former Chelsea star Gus Poyet has revealed that Zouma was too static in that game, as was the rest of the team.

He said: “I’m not going to take out Zouma because he’s a very strong defender. Without going too far, the tackle the other day against Crystal Palace in the last minute, there are not many players who can do that.

“But today he was static. He was static in everything. ‘Even in the last goal which everyone will remember for [Antonio] Rudiger not kicking the ball away but he [Zouma] doesn’t even try to stop the cross.

“He’s running but he didn’t even stretch himself, he didn’t even have to stop, it was like he was having one of those days where you’re not feeling well and you’re not really there, concentrating enough.

“In football I say a team can carry one player in a game, two players [more difficult], more than two you can’t carry because the opposition can play.

“And that’s what happened to Chelsea today, there were too many who were not at the level you need to be to win football games.”

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