Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel, has apologised to Defender, Kurt Zouma, who he claimed to have treated badly when he arrived at the club in January.
Tuchel admitted that his selection policy was unjust on Zouma when he arrived at Chelsea, as he opted for Antonio Rudiger instead of the France international but has been delighted with his fellow German’s performances ever since.
The Blues boss took charge at Stamford Bridge last January and restored Rudiger to Chelsea first team after the 28-year-old was largely being ignored by his predecessor, Frank Lampard.
“Since day one we chose him [Rudiger] in the first match, it was an unfair decision against Kurt, but he is German and I had a clear picture of what he can do because I followed him a bit more than Kurt Zouma,” Tuchel said during his pre-match press conference on Monday ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Leicester City on Tuesday.
“So it was an unfair decision and I had a clear picture of what I can ask of him and what he is capable of delivering to a team.
“He took the chance and since then it is absolutely well deserved that he is in the team. He is kind of an aggressive leader, has natural aggression in him, hates to lose, hard to beat in duals, very very brave and full of energy in defending.
“He’s leading by example, has a positive aggression, this is what we like and when he can channel all this into top performances we are very happy to have him.”
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