Mourinho expects big things from Zouma

The French defender turned in another promising display after replacing Gary Cahill, but the England international's head injury has been played down by the Portuguese boss
Jose Mourinho believes centre-back Kurt Zouma will develop into an important player for Chelsea in the future.

Zouma replaced Gary Cahill after the England international was involved in a clash of heads with Jan Vertonghen in Chelsea's 3-0 victory over Tottenham on Wednesday.

Mourinho subsequently played down Cahill's injury and admitted his delight with the progress the France Under-21 international has made since his arrival at the club in the summer.

"[Cahill suffered] No concussion or anything like that," Mourinho said. "He was just maybe afraid of heading the ball which is not good.

"It was a good opportunity for Zouma, who is playing very well every time he plays. I’m so happy with his evolution since he arrived. He will be a big player for Chelsea for many years."

Chelsea extended their long unbeaten against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge with the victory, with Spurs continuing to look for a first win at the stadium since Gary Lineker scored the winner in a First Division game in February 1990.

"Every game is a separate event," Mourinho said of the record. "It doesn’t matter what happens five, 10, 20 years ago. It’s a long time, I’m sure Lineker is happy with that.

"We are playing well. we are having good results in every competition. I don’t want to talk too much about it. We will play our best every game and try to get the best possible result."