Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted his selection policy was unfair on Kurt Zouma when he arrived at the club.
According to Tuchel, he opted for Antonio Rudiger over Zouma because he knew about Rudiger’s game.
Tuchel said: “Since day one we chose him in the first match, it was an unfair decision against Kurt, but he is German and I had a clear picture of what he can do because I followed him a bit more than Kurt Zouma.
“So it was an unfair decision and I had a clear picture of what I can ask of him and what he is capable of delivering to a team.
“He took the chance and since then it is absolutely well deserved that he is in the team.
“He is kind of an aggressive leader, has a natural aggression in him, hates to lose, hard to beat in duals, very very brave and full of energy in defending.
“He’s leading by example, has a positive aggression, this is what we like and when he can channel all this into top performances we are very happy to have him.”