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Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola, who spoke after the Carabao Cup’s 3-2 win against Derby County instead of Maurizio Sarri, has confirmed both defenders Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen “could have done better in the first half” against Frank Lampard’s men.

Zola said: “A player like Cahill, they play and then they don’t for a while, so they might have a problem. I didn’t mean the defenders didn’t defend well. Everyone has to participate in the defensive phase. Some things didn’t work”.

“I thought Gary [Cahill] and Christensen could have done better in the first half. Normally their distribution is better than tonight. That’s the complaint. But we’ll go through this.”

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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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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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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)

Assistant manager Gianfranco Zola was on press conference ahead of Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool today and was obviously asked to give some thoughts on tomorrow’s game.

The Italian man and club’s legend told journalists: “The game on Saturday is going to be huge, the type of game means a lot. But I think starting from tomorrow it’s going to be competitive. We are greedy, we want to win both of them if we can”.

“We have a lot of players, we didn’t do a big pre-season, so these games can serve also as a pre-season, to give time to players like [Andreas] Christensen, [Gary] Cahill, who haven’t had opportunities to get games”.

Zola also provided an injury update on England international and former Crystal Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek. 

‘Ruben has had an injection and is still recovering” he said.

“It is very unlikely he will be part of the game tomorrow. Same with Rudiger. Pedro is recovering very well, but it’s tough for them to be part of the game tomorrow”.

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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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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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