Kurt Zouma believes the key to succeeding in the Premier League is to remain calm despite the breakneck speed of the English game.
The 20-year-old Chelsea defender has exceeded expectations in his debut season at Stamford Bridge and earned high praise from manager Jose Mourinho.
He played a starring role in the Capital One Cup triumph over Tottenham at Wembley and comparisons have been drawn with former Blues skipper Marcel Desailly.
Zouma believes his rapid rise at the Bridge has come as a result of his ability to keep his composure when others are losing their heads.
“When you play for Chelsea, you have to be ready for anything,” he told the official Chelsea magazine.
“If you play with nervousness in your mind, you cannot play very well, but if you can play with pace and stay calm at the same time, you will do very well in England, I think.
“My dream was first to play for Chelsea and then to win all the titles I can win. Now, I am in the dressing room with a lot of very good players – I am living the dream.
“I learn every time I play and that is what I wanted when I signed here. So I am very happy because we are a really good squad, with a really good manager, and we are doing good things together.”
Zouma took full advantage of Nemanja Matic’s suspension at Wembley and helped keep the likes of Harry Kane quiet by forming a defensive shield in front of the back four.
It was a new role for the Frenchman but one he was happy to fill in the absence of the towering Serbian in the centre of the park.
“At first it was a bit difficult but after that I found my rhythm so it was really good for me and a great feeling because I played a final at Wembley,” he added.
“I think everybody here can play everywhere. If the manager wants you to play in another position, you have to be ready and say ‘Okay’ because we have some big games and the most important thing is to help the team.”