Kurt Zouma can consider himself very unlucky to not have played more under Thomas Tuchel.
He was one of our best players in the first part of the season under Frank Lampard, but he’s not been picked in the first team as often under Tuchel.
His performance today won’t have done much to change that. Given the chance to start in the middle of defence, Zouma was terribly caught out by a pass behind him. He turned slowly, and then appeared to jog back rather than breaking his neck to atone for his error.
Chelsea fans on social media were absolutely fuming – more about the lack of effort than the mistake – and we can imagine Tuchel is going to be livid too.
One Tweeter called his defending “ball watching and vibes,” and that’s not far off the truth.
You can see a selection of their reactions in the Tweets embedded here:
And like with the bad back pass against the same opposition in the home game, didn't sprint back to make up for the mistake.
— Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) February 20, 2021
Zouma was just ball watching
— 尺卄乇ᗪ乇 🇬🇭🇳🇬 (@bornrhede) February 20, 2021
What does Zouma think he’s doing here? After the balls played through, jogging back, if he actually put an ounce of effort in there’s a chance he can stop it, lazy. https://t.co/1rEaObTnZ7
— Brandon (@BrandonFenna) February 20, 2021
What was Zouma doing jogging back
— The Chelsea Dugout (@chelsea_dugout) February 20, 2021
Zouma's lack of awareness. Ball watching and vibes🤦♂️
— Nesta. (@nersta) February 20, 2021
Zouma is a disgrace
— Frank (@Franktaylor456) February 20, 2021
What was Zouma doing on that goal? Just jogging behind Minamino there
— Farid (@farid_07_) February 20, 2021
Mums zouma has a habit of jogging back
— yhyh (@babatolunji) February 20, 2021
Look at zouma Lmaooo https://t.co/G5iui5CtMl
— levi’s missus🖤👽 (@purplerageee) February 20, 2021
Zouma caused the goal
— E_Ekwere (@EEkwere1) February 20, 2021
See Zouma casually jogging back lol.
— Prof. Moriarty (@simdiville) February 20, 2021
Zouma was just strolling and allowing Minomina that free run and scoring against us (Chelseafc).
— frank k (@frankkureoma) February 20, 2021
What the hell was Zouma doing 😂 awful defending https://t.co/tXHftaXbE5
— Sam (@samhillier1992) February 20, 2021
What the f*ck is Zouma doing? I told people without Thiago Silva we are so finished we need a world class CB or 2 next summer because this current crop bar Silva are not winning us titles. pic.twitter.com/sAqt8WN6yV
— Pys (@CFCPys) February 20, 2021