New Delhi: Kurt Zouma has shown great progress since taking Gary Cahill's place in the Chelsea starting line-up. The 20-year-old put on a solid show once again as the league leaders were held to a draw by champions Manchester City.
At Stamford Bridge on Saturday, young Zouma had the tough tasking of handling Sergio Aguero, the best striker in the Premier League.
The defender stood firm in the first half against the Argentine, forcing him wide without committing to tackles. He also timed his interceptions to perfection whenever he needed to.
Watching him play of late, there is every reason to believe he is a far more exciting prospect then the French centre-back Eliaquim Mangala.
Also, with such confident performances, Zouma is vindicating Mourinho's stand of keeping the England international Gary Cahill on the bench.
Another key observation one made during the blockbuster encounter at the Bridge was the sluggish play of Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta.
They could not keep place with the City wingers in the second half when the visitors took the game to them.
City's wide men beat the Chelsea wingers with relative ease and a tinge of fatigue could be seen in them.
There were three distinct occasions when the usually Ivanovic made lapses in judgment as he ran out of defense and was dispossessed.
Considering all these factors, Zouma deserves a lot of credit for his display against a very good City side.