John Terry sends message to Kurt Zouma after last-ditch tackle saves Chelsea

Chelsea legend John Terry has praised Kurt Zouma’s last-ditch tackle that effectively secured all three points for the Blues in a fiercely contested clash against Crystal Palace.

The west London club took a two-goal lead at Selhurst Park on Tuesday evening thanks to strikes from Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic, though Wilfried Zaha’s thunderous effort pulled one back before the break.

Tammy Abraham restored the two-goal cushion, but it was wiped out seconds later by Christian Benteke and Palace pushed hard to try and find a late equaliser.

Terry praised Zouma’s tackle while assistant Jody Morris ‘liked’ Chelsea’s post (Picture: Instagram) The Eagles hit the post in stoppage-time and Benteke was then played clean through in the final embers of the match, only for Zouma to arrive out of nowhere with an incredible tackle at the last second.

 

John Terry sends message to Kurt Zouma after last-ditch tackle saves Chelsea Comment The Frenchman’s stoppage-time intervention stopped Christian Benteke

has praised Kurt Zouma’s last-ditch tackle that effectively secured all three points for the Blues in a fiercely contested clash against Crystal Palace.

The west London club took a two-goal lead at Selhurst Park on Tuesday evening thanks to strikes from Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic, though Wilfried Zaha’s thunderous effort pulled one back before the break.

Tammy Abraham restored the two-goal cushion, but it was wiped out seconds later by Christian Benteke and Palace pushed hard to try and find a late equaliser. Terry praised Zouma’s tackle while assistant Jody Morris ‘liked’ Chelsea’s post

The Eagles hit the post in stoppage-time and Benteke was then played clean through in the final embers of the match, only for Zouma to arrive out of nowhere with an incredible tackle at the last second.

Manager Frank Lampard was full of praise for the Frenchman after the game while another former Chelsea stalwart Terry – who played alongside Zouma for a period – also recognised the importance of the challenge. Responding to an Instagram post from Chelsea which described Zouma’s challenge as ‘absolute perfection’, Terry tagged his old teammate and wrote: ‘What a tackle’.

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Fullscreen Lampard was delighted not just with Zouma’s tackle but his whole performance and the 25-year-old is starting to nail down his place in the Chelsea backline. Speaking at his post-match press conference, Lampard said: ‘It was fantastic from Kurt and I think at Watford he played a really good game as well. Zouma is making a strong claim to be Chelsea’s starting centre-back going forward ‘Imposing, great defending, good on the ball – and that’s everything I want.

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goalscorers get those, but his is definitely a points-saving tackle at the end, saves us two points. I’m really pleased with him.’

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