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Kurt Zouma credits Jose Mourinho's pressure for his rapid rise

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Kurt Zouma has become increasingly important to Chelsea as the 2014/15 season has worn on, to the point where many fans are calling for the youngster to be a regular starter in Jose Mourinho's side. While the international break isn't generally good for very much, it has provided Zouma the opportunity to comment on his development this season:

'To hate defeat. When you lose it's out of bounds to continue as normal in the evening. When you play for Chelsea you must not accept losing. Mourinho puts pressure on all his players. He is very demanding and wants perfection.'

'In defense, he asks me to move tactically and to be well placed to listen to John (Terry) and Gary Cahill around me. Initially, I was obsessed with the ball and did not watch players behind me enough, but it's something I've been working on.'

Looking back to both the preseason and Zouma's time in France, it's hard to disagree that Kurt's awareness needed a lot of work. Fortunately, the former St. Etienne man seems to be doing exactly what Mourniho has asked, and has become a key player as the Blues look to hoist the Premier League trophy. Zouma's development has been a real bright spot this season, and has me hungry to see more before it comes to a close.