Chelsea youngster comments on 'difficult' Shrewsbury tie, says there are no excuses

Kurt Zouma

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has been looking to tonight's Capital One Cup tie against Shrewsbury.

Chelsea have made a blistering start to the campaign, picking up seven wins and two draws from the opening nine games of the season, but Sunday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United was disappointing given Robin van Persie's last gasp equaliser.

Tonight, the Blues turn their attention away from the Premier League and onto the Capital One Cup. Chelsea face a trip up to Shropshire to take on League Two outfit Shrewsbury Town at Greenhous Meadow.

Micky Mellon's side have impressed in the fourth tier this season, and sit fourth in League Two after embarking on a superb run of four successive victories.

It's a potential banana skin for Chelsea, but centre back Kurt Zouma says he is used to these kind of fixtures from his time in France, and whilst he appreciates that the game will be difficult, he says there is no excuse for Chelsea not to win.

"I played a lot of those games and it was always very difficult," he told the Chelsea official website. "It would often be a small stadium with a small pitch and all the fans screaming and shouting at you for the whole game. But that’s not an excuse today"

"It will be a very difficult game because we know they will be very determined. We have to play as a big team with lots of determination of our own," the Frenchman added.

"We also have to concentrate very hard because if you don’t do that you will lose the game. It’s as simple as that. Lower league teams are very hungry and they want to make an impact against big players and big teams. It will be very difficult but we have to win."

The 20-year-old has already impressed in this competition, opening his goalscoring account for Chelsea in the last round against Bolton Wanderers, and he'll be looking to continue that against Shrewsbury tonight.

"Bolton was my first game at Stamford Bridge and I was very happy to score my first goal too," he said. "We won the game as well. If I score again today I will be very happy. I hope I do!"

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