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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: Chelsea Assistant Manager, Gianfranco Zola gives instructions during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea FC at St. James Park on August 26, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Chelsea‘s assistant coach and Blues legend Gianfranco Zola has revealed how things are going under Maurizio Sarri saying the Italian manager works very hard on every aspect of the game.

It’s a lot, the level of details that he puts. He really doesn’t leave anything by chance,” Zola told Soccer AM.So when the players go out on the pitch the players know everything about what they have to do and that’s a big help.He’s obsessed with knowing everything about the opposition and then going to the pitch to prepare everything. He knows player by player. All the key players of the opposition, how they defend, how they attack and so therefore doing everything to stop them from playing and playing around them, there is a lot of work”.

Not only Sarri works a lot, but he wants his assistants to do the same: “I can not stop”, Zola went on. “I am watching more games in the last two months than in the last five years”.



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After his celebration of Ross Barkley‘s goal during the Premier League game vs Manchester United, Maurizio Sarri assistant coach Marco Ianni has been charged by the Football Association for “improper conduct.

Chelsea coach Marco Ianni has been charged following the game against Manchester United on Saturday [20 October 2018]”. the Fa said in a statement. “It is alleged that his behaviour in the 96 minute constituted improper conduct. He has until 6pm on Thursday 25 October 2018 to respond to the charge”.

Manchester United boss José Mourinho on the other hand, has not been charged by the FA: “In relation to this incident, José Mourinho has been formally reminded of his responsibilities” the statement went on. “whilst both clubs have received similar official reminders in terms of the behaviour expected of their staff and players at all times whilst in the technical area.”

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Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola spoke to Sky Sports TV after the win at Anfield tonight.

A levelled game decided by an absolute stunner from Blues star Eden Hazard:

“I think it was a fantastic goal, especially for the beauty of it but also for the moment he scored it, he dribbled past all defenders, it was an unbelievable goal,” the Italian coach said

“He’s not only one of the best or even the best in the Premier League, he’s one of the best in Europe and in the world.

“Eden is going fast in maturity, in choices he’s making on the pitch and I think we haven’t seen the best yet.

“I believe there is more to come also because he’s got an unbelievable potential. He uses his talent always at the right moment and that’s something remarkable.

Asked about the importance of this victory, Zola said:

“It was a big one for us tonight but to be fair it was a close game because they were doing well as well, they could have won, in the end we did it but they could have won as well, fair enough to say that they are a brilliant team.

The Italian was also asked if this win will give Chelsea an advantaged ahead of Premier League’s clash at Anfield next Saturday:

“Saturday it’s going to be a completely different game, a very exciting one, I hope it will be as beautiful as today, I think both teams could have won it, but Saturday is going to be different.”



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Belgian star Eden Hazard has had an impressive start of the Premier League campaign with five goals and two assists.

However, Maurizio Sarri‘s assistant coach Gianfranco Zola believes Hazard could still improve his skills and his style of play.

He is a player who is getting better and better”, Zola explained. “I don’t think he has reached his full potential. He can still use his skills in a better way. I truly believe this. And this year, the team, and Maurizio in particular, will help him to reach his full potential. I don’t it want to look like we’re not happy, we’re very happy with him but as you play, you get more experiences, at a high level for a long time, you get better and learn how to use your abilities in a more efficient way”.

Zola also claimed Hazard will be very effective especially if he will play near the opponent’s box: “He will do it himself and we will try and suggest how to be more effective on the pitch, and he will benefit from the way we try to play”. Zola went on. “We try to play a long time in the opposition half. The closer we keep him to the goal, the more chances we can get him receiving the ball around the box and the more effective he will be”.

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Gianfranco Zola has joined Maurizio Sarri‘s backroom staff and will work as assistant coach to the Italian manager at Chelsea.

The club has confirmed the appointment today, while Chelsea are traveling to Australia ahead of their friendly match against Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on Monday.

Zola, who scored 80 goals with the Blues, told Chelsea’s official website: “For me it is an amazing thing. I am very willing to work hard because it is going to be a difficult challenge but I am pleased to be here, and to work hard with Maurizio to be successful”.

“It would be great to be successful with Maurizio and for the club and I will give my best, as I did in the past as a player, so I will give my best in my new position”.

“I am very much looking forward to the challenge in general. I would love us to start well and we are all very excited to start this new adventure”.

Chelsea will reportedly appoint also Luca Gotti as No2 coach at the club, with Massimo Nenci as goalkeeper coach. Paolo Bertelli may stay on following Antonio Conte’s departure, as well as Carlo Cudicini.  The club has yet to confirm the Sarri’s backroom staff in full.

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Chelsea high-rated academy coach Jody Morris has left the Blues to become Frank Lampard’s assistant at Derby County.

The 39-year-old recently won a FA Youth Cup with Chelsea U18 and today it was confirmed he will work aside of Super Frank at the Rams.

“The team around you is hugely important. It’s not just about me as the manager. Everyone will have a part to play on the staff and Jody is the first part of that. I am delighted to have him on board,” Lampard said.

“Jody has been hugely successful with Chelsea’s youth team and he has won everything there is to win in the last few years.

“He is great at developing young players and that is something we are really going to look to do here.”

During his spell with Chelsea’s academy Morris helped the Blues win the FA Youth Cup, the Under-18 Premier League southern title and the national league title.

Last season they retained all three trophies and added the Premier League Under-18 Cup to their haul.

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Chelsea assistant coach Steve Holland is set to join England National Team as assistant manager on a full-time basis, as Football Association confirmed today.

Antonio Conte’s assistant coach will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season and, when asked about the role he’s going to cover, told the club’s official website: “It is the ultimate honour to be asked to work with your national team into a World Cup campaign”.

“My immediate focus is on continuing to support Antonio and the Chelsea team, and doing everything possible to finish the season with success”.

Then he added: “The summer will be the time to look forward to an exciting future with Gareth and England and to reflect on the best eight years of my life at Chelsea. For now the next game is Bournemouth”.

Current Chelsea captain John Terry is rumored to be Antonio Conte’s main target in order to become the new assistant coach next season, according to Sky Sport in Italy

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Former Chelsea assistant manager Paul Clement has said that working under Carlo Ancelotti helped him prepare for management.

The 43-year old recently took charge at Championship side Derby, replacing the sacked Steve McClaren.

Clement worked under Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid, and has said that the 55-year old was the man who taught him how to be a manager – and that it was an “honour” to work with the Italian.

“He [Ancelotti] is a great man who gave me a lot of belief I could do this job.

“I can’t wait to get started. This is a fantastic opportunity.”

The former PE teacher worked in the Chelsea academy set-up in the late 1990’s, before working under Guus Hiddink and Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge. But, despite having no experience as a manager, Clement says he is ready for the challenge.

“It is a big step but one I am excited about, one I think I have the skills to deliver; I wouldn’t have done it otherwise,” Clement added. “I have had a burning ambition to be a head coach for a long time.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time as an assistant; I worked at some fantastic clubs with some great players. But over the years I thought I would like the opportunity to be a head coach.”

Clement said he did speak to other clubs, but was impressed by what the Rams, who narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season, had to offer.

“Derby really did interest me,” he said.

“It’s a club with tradition, with a very strong supporter base and infrastructure and having spoken to [chairman] Mel Morris and [chief executive] Sam Rush and seen their vision for moving this club forward, I am excited to be a part of it.” 


Maurizio Sarri is happy about is first few months in England as a Premier League manager. The Italian boss, in an interview with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport revealed what...