John Terry discusses Chelsea battle between Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma

The Chelsea captain has praised his two central defensive partners.

John Terry has been one of few mainstays in the Chelsea team this season, making 34 appearances in all competitions despite his advancing age, and he has commented on the battle between Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma to the Chelsea website.

At the age of 34, many expected head coach Jose Mourinho to start utilising Terry less and less as Zouma was brought in alongside Cahill as the first-choice defensive partnership. However, the former England captain has excelled this term, and has arguably been the best central defender in the Premier League. His form has suggested that he could be offered a new contract at the end of this season, while Cahill has lost his place to Zouma.

After a series of questionable performances by the current England international, Cahill was dropped for the League Cup semi-final tie with Liverpool, with Zouma coming in to the starting XI for the biggest game of his short Chelsea career.

The 20-year-old excelled and kept his place for the Premier League fixture with Manchester City, once again restricting the opposition forwards to few chances, and he looks to have moved ahead of Cahill in Mourinho’s plans.

However, Cahill came back into the starting XI for the Champions League draw with PSG, and there may be suggestions that Mourinho will revert to the more experienced defender in vital games. Regardless, the competition in defence is a real benefit for the Blues, and Terry has admitted that it has made him perform at the top of his game - knowing that he could be replaced at any time.

Speaking to the official Chelsea website, Terry said: “Kurt’s done really well; when he plays he’s been great and when Gaz [Cahill] plays he’s been great.

“We will rotate and there are enough games to share around. Obviously we all want to play every game, those two are fighting it out at the moment but it could be me at any time. What’s important is that we remain top of the league and everybody gets game time.”

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