During last weekend's match, he marked Roma legend Totti, playing out a fascinating duel of hungry youngster against seasoned master.
"This is the game, I tried to defend as best as possible," he told chelseafc.com. "He is one of the best players in history and it was nice to play against him, so I tried to do my best.
"He wasn't very happy because I kicked him once by mistake, I was defending aggressively against him and needed to be concentrated, giving him no space, but he was okay afterwards."
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