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Callum Hudson-Odoi suffered a serious injury during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Burnley tonight, according to what Blues assistant boss Gianfranco Zola said after the final whistle.

Hudson-Odoi limped off five minutes before half-time at Stamford Bridge and N’Golo Kante was substituted at the interval after also picking up an injury.

Kante’s injury does not appear to be serious but there is concern for the teenager player.

“Kante shouldn’t be too bad but Hudson looks a serious thing. It’s a problem with his Achilles tendon,” Zola told Sky Sports.

More exams in the upcoming days will reveal the real extent of the injury.

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In the post match press conference after Chelsea‘s win vs Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge, Carlo Cudicini replaced Gianfranco Zola and commented on Cesc Fabregas who not only missed a penalty, but also probably played his last match with the Blues before joining As Monaco.

I don’t know If it is the last game it is good he played in front of his fans. As I said I don’t know. He was captain in pre-season when Cahill wasn’t on, Aspi wasn’t He can take penalties, it won’t be the first or the last when someone misses a penalty. The keeper did well”. Cudicini said. “What can I say about Cesc? 500 games. He is unique in his position, unbelievable visiojn, awareness and he can spot runs behind the defensive line so precise. He is one of a kind that can do that. He has been fantastic for the teams before us and the contribution to his club has been amazing. He has been fantastic”.

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For tomorrow’s game vs Nottingham Forest, Sarri’s assistant coach Gianfranco Zola has ruled out Willian, Olivier Giroud and Pedro.

The injuries will leave space for some of the young players”. Zola explained. “There are players who have played five or six games in a short period of time, so it will be necessary to do a little bit of rotation”.

One of the player who will be included in the starting XI will be Callum Hudson-Odoi: “Callum Hudson-Odoi is back in full training. Yesterday he trained with the whole team and he is certainly available”. Zola revealed. “It is very much looking like he is going to play.” Not only he is going to play tomorrow, but the youngster will stay for a long time at Stamford Bridge:

I know Bayern Munich are very interested in him but we are as well. We have proposed him a contract for quite a while so we are waiting to see what the player thinks about that. We certainly value him as a player. I know he has not played probably as much as he wanted but this is down to the quality of the players he has in front of him”. the assistant coach went on. “But I have already told him it is not a waste of time. It is a time you can really get better and I hope Callum is using this time in a wise way as it will do good things to his football, and hopefully he will come to sign the contract with us. We believe he can have a bright future here”.

On the other hand, Cesc Fabregas destiny could probably be different: “Cesc has always been a wonderful professional ever since I have been here. I don’t know to be honest”. Zola said. “You are asking me a question I wish could answer. His contract runs out in six months and I don’t know how it is going to go but despite that, I know if he plays tomorrow he will as usual deliver a good performance.”

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Tomorrow Chelsea will start their Fa Cup campaign facing Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge.

Maurizio Sarri‘s assistant coach Gianfranco Zola explained the game will be another step in the process of improving as a team: “For this club, and also for us [this squad and staff], all competitions are important.” Zola told Chelsea official website. “We are trying to establish ourselves and we respect this competition very much so we are going to try to do well”.

Chelsea was held to a goalless draw by Southampton on Wednesday night and now Zola is aware tomorrow’s game can be similar to the Premier League‘s one.  “Nowadays the teams come to Stamford Bridge and 90 per cent of the time they sit back in the last 40 metres, and bear in mind with that task it is not easy for anybody. In the past Barcelona had that problem, Bayern Munich, Man City, Liverpool, everybody suffers when there are no spaces up there”. the Blues assistant coach explained. “This is something we need to get used to, this is the big issue we have – for the amount of time we have the ball we do not create a lot of goal opportunities but we know this is part of the process. We are not a perfect team yet. We are going to sort it, I am sure. We have intelligent, quality players up front and the players are going to get used to it. They just need to adjust to the task.”

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After tonight’s win vs Bournemouth, Maurizio Sarri‘s assistant manager Gianfranco Zola commented on the Carabao Cup‘s draw.

The Blues will face Tottenham in the semifinals and so they have the chance to “revenge” their loss in the Premier League game.

It could have been better. But it is the semi-final. We are happy. Spurs gave us a footballing lesson but it will be a different type of game”. Zola said about the draw. “There are a lot of proud players and they want to play this game and show that we were not the ones that played that game. Too many players under played and were hurt. We are pleased that we will play them and we can’t wait”.

Chelsea gained their place in the semifinals thanks to the win vs Bournemouth as Eden Hazard scored a late winning goal:  “The difference was the changes that we made. Of course we have a lot of games and players like Eden we need to keep fit. Even in 20 minutes he can make a big difference.” Zola admitted. “He is certainly one of the players that has given this club a lot of satisfaction. Hopefully he will stay with us and get even bigger. I hope he achieves great things for us in the future”.

Eden Hazard scored the winning goal, but it was Ruben Loftus-Cheek the Blues best player tonight at Stamford Bridge:  “I was impressed with him. He has done well as a wide player, but he showed a lot of sacrifice as a midfielder”. Zola explained. “He was getting tired but was disciplined. He is gone far away from the beginning of the season. He is a good boy and works very hard”.

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Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Carabao Cup‘s quarter final vs BournemouthSarri‘s assistant coach Gianfranco Zola explained he is not sure Gary Cahill will leave Chelsea during the January transfer window.

It is difficult to say about that. It was not Gary has done badly when he played, but at the moment there are players performing very well”. Zola admitted. “I don’t know what will happen, but he is a fighter. It was a surprise to find out his personality, he will try to fight for a place”.

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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 will face Bournemouth tomorrow night in the Carabao Cup‘s quarter final and Sarri‘s assistant Gianfranco Zola confirmed the Blues are focused on the game.

We are ambitious. We want to win and we will treat it seriously. There are a lot of games to play. There will be a strong team, for sure”. The Blues legend said during his pre-match press conference. “It can be tricky. I remember last year, we know Bournemouth is a dangerous team. They have gone far, good coach and team. We know our potentials, we have had a bad spell but we have a lot of confidence”.

The Carabao Cup is one of the trophies Chelsea can lift at the end of the season, but this isn’t the only target for Sarri’s side. “We want to win things, it is a quarter-final. He doesn’t really [need to win something in first season], he has to build up. Last year they won and we want to achieve something, but we are not in a urge for that. We want to be competitive in this league and Europe. We need to think in a short term and long term”. Zola went on. “This team plays in the way he wants to play, not consistently yet, but it is coming. It is demanding what the coach wants. I can understand it is difficult. As much as we try to play offensive there are a lot of ways you need to be defensive. This is what the players need to achieve”.

Finally, Zola confirmed Alvaro Morata won’t play tomorrow night, while there are still doubts regarding Eden Hazard. “I don’t think so [Morata won’t play]. He twisted his knee. It won’t take long, but not in contention for tomorrow. Eden has a knock in his foot. We will decide today. He is one of our best players and to have him available is a big thing”. Zola explained.

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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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