Widely regarded as the greatest footballer ever to have played the game, the Brazilian was scathing about his fellow countryman, who received a three-match ban from a disciplinary commission this week after the referee failed to spot him catching Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny in the face.
We’re not sure that a similar tactic would work against Diego Costa, but Jamie Carragher thinks if he was playing the Spain worldwide he’d know how to handle him.
He said: “I did a mistake because I just wanted to say that Diego likes to put pressure on his opponent”.
Zouma was a squad player for Chelsea last season and had to be patient for opportunities, but he has seized his chance in the early stages of this campaign and will be hopeful that he will be able to continue racking up the appearances for Mourinho’s side.
Speaking to BeIN Sports earlier this week, Zouma said: “No, we’re not surprised because we know Diego”. I like this guy.
“English is not my first language, so I did not mean it. He told me: “It’s OK, no problem. I know what you wanted to say”, he explained during an interview with Standard Sport.
“Diego is a really nice guy”.
“In training he jokes a lot”. He is too amusing.
But the centre back has revealed how Drogba has helped him to move on from that gaffe and concentrate on his game. “I like the club and the people in it. I want to be one of the legends of the club but there is still a long way to go”. That’s what makes him one of the world’s best. “You can see him being involved in a flashpoint like that every week”.
Zouma took a rest day against Walsall in the League Cup, but presumably will be back in starting lineup against Newcastle.