Mourinho called Zouma ‘rubbish’ after calling him into office for blunt chat

first_imgKURT ZOUMA has revealed Jose Mourinho once told him he was “rubbish” after a disappointing Chelsea defeat.The Blues defender was given a dressing down after being beaten 3-1 under Mourinho.1 Kurt Zouma determined prove himself on the pitch after ticking-off from MourinhoCredit: ReutersAccording to reports he says the frank exchange in his old coach’s office made him determined to prove himself.Speaking to RMC Sport Zouma said: “I cannot remember which match we were playing, we were losing 3-1, away from home.”The following day, he catches up with me, he takes me to his office, and he asks me if I am okay.”I said yes, he asked me if I was sure. I said yes again, he replied: “Because you were rubbish this weekend.””It shocked me but it made me want to immediately respond (on the pitch).”Sharp-tongued Mourinho is the subject of a documentary by French TV channel RMC Sport.It features interviews with Zouma, Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and other Premier League stars.”It shocked me, but it made me want to immediately respond (on the pitch).”Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma speaking to RMC Sport Mourinho has come in for criticism from Martial and some of his other former players in recent months.The French international told RMC Sport how he disliked Mourinho criticising his performances in the press.But Zouma defended the managerial style of his old coach.Most read in footballLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipSAMU’LL DOChelsea turn attention to Villarreal’s Chukwueze as United edge closer to SanchoJESUS HEISTChelsea talks with Jesus Corona confirmed as agent reveals ace open to transferThe French international added: “I was able to have my chances, I played my matches.”I don’t know what other people think, we all have different opinions, but from my side, I don’t really agree (with the notion that Mourinho does not give young players a chance).”Mourinho’s Tottenham visit Stamford Bridge next Saturday in vital game in the race for a top-four spotHe replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November after Spurs’s bid for Champion’s League qualification appeared to be failing.last_img read more

Tiger returns to third quarter profit

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a238f441″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Tiger Airways have bounced back to profit in the third quarter, announcing today a net profit after tax of SGD$14.1 million for the quarter ending 31 December 2009, compared to a SGD$7.7 million loss for the same period a year ago.The budget carrier said the result, which represented a $22 million turnaround, was driven by a higher load factor.“The growth in passenger numbers was at a faster pace than the increase in seat capacity (+46%) pushing passenger load factor to 88%, a 5 percentage points improvement over the previous year” it said in a statement.Operating profit for the period was SGD$23.5 million versus a loss of SGD$5.1 million for the same quarter last year.“The result demonstrates that we have the right model in the right markets” said Tiger president and chief executive Tony Davis.“Tiger Airways Australia has been profitable for two successive quarters, proving that our Australian business has exited the start-up phase at a faster pace compared to the Singapore business, and is well positioned for growth going forward.Davis said the profit was achieved with a 19 percent reduction in average passenger fares and that the company would continue to focus on reducing our operating costs in order to offer lower fares.Tiger Airways said it would continue its “relentless focus on cost containment” and would introduce leather seats on all future aircraft deliveries to save on ongoing maintenance costs.“We believe that our focus on cost containment and our offer of lower fares to customers will continue to bear fruit heading into the fourth quarter” The carrier added that it would continue to look at opportunities to set up new operating airlines, and to grow its existing businesses.last_img read more