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Chelsea have confirmed the 10-man squad which will work alongside with newly-appointed manager Maurizio Sarri in the upcoming campaign. Paolo BertelliCarlo Cudicini as well as Henrique Hilario remain in the backroom staff despite facing Antonio Conte’s sacking earlier last month.

Here’s the new Chelsea staff in full:

GIANFRANCO ZOLA – Assistant first team coach

LUCA GOTTI – Assistant first team coach

MARCO IANNI – Second assistant coach

MASSIMO NENCI – Goalkeeper coach

HENRIQUE HILARIO – Goalkeeper coach

CARLO CUDICINI – Assistant to head coach/club ambassador

PAOLO BERTELLI – Fitness coach

DAVIDE RANZATO – Assistant fitness coaches

DAVIDE LOSI – Assistant fitness coaches

GIANNI PICCHIONI – Scout

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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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Gianfranco Zola, who’s set to take part of Maurizio Sarri‘s backroom staff, is confident “the clubs are working on” the deal to bring the Italian manager to Stamford Bridge in the next few hours.

The Chelsea legend told Sky in Italy: “There’s so much talk. There are many teams who would like a coach like Sarri. I think the parties are working on it, but I don’t know anything more.

“Antonio Conte did a great job. If Sarri were to go to Chelsea I hope he’s allowed to work as he wants, because that’s how he can improve teams.

“It’s definitely a different challenge, Chelsea is a new situation. I hope Maurizio will get the chance to do top work.”

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Maurizio Sarri will make Napoli star Dries Mertens Chelsea’s first summer target if his takeover at Stamford Bridge is completed, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.

The Italian manager is edging ever closer to sign for Chelsea with Gianfranco Zola reportedly set for an assistant coach role.

Zola was coy on a potential move to the West London side as he told SuperSport yesterday: “There is a lot of rumours about me at the moment and nothing has happened. And we’ll see what happens in the future.

“I don’t know. I was afraid you were going to ask me this. Really, I don’t know”.

Moreover, the signing of the Belgian 31-year-old could be a proper move in order to persuade both Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois to stay at Chelsea also next season.

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Gianfranco Zola‘s agent has confirmed the rumours who put the ex Italian player as Maurizio Sarri‘s assistant at Chelsea next season, even though he dismissed direct contacts with the Blues board for now.

The 59-year-old Italian manager has yet to be appointed as Chelsea are currently working on a compensation package with Napoli, even though he has already left his role as head coach there.

Sarri was replaced by Blues legend Carlo Ancelotti at the Azzurri last month, the Italian club are still paying him a salary since his contract runs until 2021 and had a € 8m release clause valid until the end of May that can be effective again by the 1st of July.

“There have not been contact with Chelsea or with Sarri’s staff,” Fulvio Marrucco, Zola’s agent, told CalcioNapoli24.

“The first step is to find an agreement between Conte and Chelsea for the contract termination, then Sarri needs to sign.

“Zola is very happy about the rumours.

“His managerial idols are Guardiola and Sarri. Working with Maurizio would be a fantastic thing.

“For him, it would be a return home, as Chelsea is home away from home for Zola.”

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Gazzetta dello Sport claims Maurizio Sarri is ‘very close’ to Chelsea but warns his Napoli € 8m release clause will return in a matter of weeks.

The Italian sports paper claims Chelsea have prepared a ‘lucrative’ two-year contract for Sarri, which includes an extend option for a third season, while Blues legend Gianfranco Zola will assist him at Stamford Bridge.

However,  Chelsea would have to hurry their negotiations with Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis as the manager release clause, which expired at the end of May, will become effective again ‘at the start of July’.

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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola believes the Blues should confirm Antonio Conte as their coach for next season, but it’s crucial, for the club and the Italian manager, to overcome their problems.

I think he [Conte] is an asset for the club. He’s a good coach, without doubt – he’s actually one of the best around. Zola told talkSPORT. “At the moment there are certainly some problems. If the club and manager want to continue – and I think that will be good for the club – they should sort them out because the competition out there is so incredible. There is no league in the world where you see teams get so much better every year – it’s so competitive off the pitch and on the pitch.”

 

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Chelsea are now living their better moment, with two consecutive defeats in the Premier League and a difficult Champions League last 16 second leg to be played next Wednesday at Camp Nou vs Barcelona.

However, Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola believes Antonio Conte‘s side can reach some important goals in the last part of the season.

This season perhaps hasn’t been quite as good as last season but the team is still doing well,’” Zola explained during the Geneva International Motor Show with his words then published on Chelsea official website. “Chelsea did very well in the first leg against Barcelona and will hope to get through [to the next round of the Champions League] in the second leg. They can still push on in the Premier League too and have a strong finish. Compared to last season, yes, of course it’s not as good, because Chelsea dominated the league so much. The Premier League is such a difficult competition, so it is uncommon to see a team dominate for two or three years in a row.  It used to sometimes happen back in the day, with teams like Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, but now the competition is so high, it doesn’t really happen anymore. But there is still plenty to play for. The Champions League is still open for us and there is still plenty available for us to have a good season. Of course we know it will be difficult in the Camp Nou, but we have to go there and give it everything. We need the fans to get behind the players and show their support. Hopefully there will be many fans there and hopefully they will be coming back happy with a win.”

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In its recent history Chelsea has often appointed Italian managers and Serie A players, so with the reports of Antonio Conte potentially leaving at the end of the season rumours about a possible substitute have started to go around.

Blues legend Gianfranco Zola was asked about potentially returning to Stamford Bridge along with current Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, one of the canditates to replace Conte, should he leave:

Will we both head to Chelsea? Every other week they link me to Chelsea in some capacity- he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

But I know nothing about this hypothesis. On top of that after Birmingham I decided to take a sabbatical year.

“What is Sarri’s style like? They memorize their plays, they have schemes that are hard to stop.

“The way they dominate possession reminds me of the Napoli from my days with Maradona and Careca. I think this is the right year for the scudetto”

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