Cesc Fabregas raves about Chelsea teammate

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Kurt Zouma played a fantastic game in Chelsea's midfield on Saturday and has been praised for his performance against Manchester United.

On Saturday evening, Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 in a crunch game as Jose Mourinho’s side move closer to the Premier League title.

Speaking to the club's official website, Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has described the role that Kurt Zouma had to play as being crucial to the victory.

"We had to put someone on [Marouane] Fellaini, especially for the long balls, so yes our style changed," he noted. "I thought Zouma did extremely well.

"I think his future is as a centre-back but he can do the job very well in central midfield when it’s needed.

"He played very well against Spurs in the final of the Capital One Cup, he played well against West Ham away and again this weekend. He’s a top, top boy. He wants to learn, he wants to play."

Fabregas has played that 'Zouma role' on a number of occasions this season, but it was felt that they needed someone more physically capable of shutting down the tall Belgian – if the Spaniard had been asked to play that same role the outcome could have been much different.

“If I played there normally I would struggle a bit more to deal with long balls and the physical aspect of the game," he said. "That’s why Mourinho is who he is and has won what he has won. The plan worked very well.

“It was a good performance and a good win. When you win it’s always a job well done, especially against Man United. We know we couldn’t afford to lose because they are behind us and we didn’t want to give them hope.”

Eden Hazard’s 38th-minute goal separated the two sides, and although Louis van Gaal's United had 15 shots, only two were on target, with five of them blocked.

Fellaini only had one shot in the whole game. He saw plenty of the ball, but wasn’t able to cause as many problems with Zouma’s physical ability shadowing his every move.

Zouma played at centre-back and right-back for Saint-Etienne before moving to Chelsea. It’s obvious that he can play this destructor role in the midfield too.

As Fabregas said, Zouma’s future is in the centre of defence and he looks to have the potential to become one of the best centre-backs in Europe. However, for now, he is doing a wonderful job in any position Mourinho asks him to play.

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