8 clearances, 2 fouls: Ibra too much for Chelsea starlet to handle

Kurt Zouma

On-loan Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma and his Saint Etienne teammates were undone by a Zlatan Ibrahimovic masterclass in their match with PSG yesterday.

In what was potentially the biggest test of the season for Chelsea's newest starlet Kurt Zouma, the end result proved uninspiring.

Paris Saint-Germain lined up with a star-studded attacking three which included Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi so from the word go it was always going to be a difficult afternoon for the 19-year-old.

Both goals, in my opinion, were down to some bad decision making and defending from the 19-year-old Chelsea starlet. However, the whole backline were at fault so no individual criticism was dished out, especially with him playing out of position.

The first goal was due to a catalogue of errors from the Saint Etienne defence, but Zouma's half-hearted attempt to aid his teammates won't have been lost on supporters.

Zouma, the number four in the video, is shown to be walking slowly back into the box, despite the attack building up on his side of the pitch. Although it was defensive errors from his teammates that ultimately lead to the goal, I feel his lack of intent to help the situation out was appalling.

The second goal, he was more obviously at fault after failing to track Cavani properly and stop him from putting in the cross that was eventually prodded in by Ibrahimovic for his second of the match.

The numbers were a little kinder to the French U21 international, however, the post-match reaction didn't paint him in a good light.

In fact a number of people commented on the decision to play him at right-back was far from correct and should be something the Chelsea management staff take a look at in the future.

Despite a poor performance, which can often cause rash and unfair comments, I think it's important to take stock that the youngster shouldn't be expected to match the world's top stars just yet. He still has a good few years to develop to that level and with the correct coaching I believe he can do it.

All in all, it was a bad performance from a good player, playing in the wrong position.

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