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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola attended the game against Manchester United as he currently works for SkySports in Italy. When Alessandro Del Piero and Paolo Di Canio asked him to describe Antonio Conte‘s position after the home win against Red Devils without David Luiz, Zola said: “He showed he’s a great manager, he sent a very strong message to Luiz, players and newspapers with an impressive game from his squad.

There’s so much talk, too much talk [about Antonio Conte’s position at the club], and I hope this could be the beginning of a great comeback, also depending on Manchester City’s results”.

Conte, on the other hand, admitted Chelsea’s first half against AS Roma on Wednesday has been “distressing”.

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Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola is keen to see his former club back at the top and he thinks Conte could be the proper man, claiming he is on par with Pep Guardiola.

He told beIN Sports: “He is a great coach, has done so well in Italy, he has some very good qualities, strong character and is the man who can start a new cycle for Chelsea so I hope things go well for him,” 

“He has very strong ideas, very determined and is very disciplined. He will bring all these qualities to Chelsea and hopefully he will be able to integrate into the culture.”

“He has already coached in Italy, all these things, the language, they can influence the results, but he will bring self discipline and determination, as well as tactical awareness and all these things can be good for Chelsea.”

About other managers: “Conte is one of those managers like Guardiola, like Simeone, like Mourinho. They have got the careers to manage big teams. The results will tell us whether it is right or not but I really hope so.”


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Chelsea Legend and current Al-Arabi boss Gianfranco Zola believes that John Terry would be a great addition to the Qatari League. The pair played alongside each other during the early part of Terry’s career and Zola now wants to be reunited with his old team mate. The Al-Arabi boss also said that not only are his team interested in the defender, but the “whole league” is too.

“When we talk about John Terry, we are talking about a big player, big name and I believe a player of this stature is not of interest only for a team, but also for the whole league,” Zola said.

“I believe the Qatari league is a league that wants to grow bigger so I believe there might be interest not only from Al-Arabi but there might be interest from all the Qatari league.”

“He’s been linked not only to Qatar, he’s been linked also to the MLS, to China. It’s more difficult for any league if there is a league like China which has invested so much money. It will be more competition for Qatar, for leagues in Europe.”

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Next Premier League campaign will feature a two big misses: Frankie Lampard and Steven Gerrard.

Gianfranco Zola speaking about the former Chelsea captain said: “He’s been an outstanding player for Chelsea but also for the league. He’s an amazing player.

“I saw him when he first came to Chelsea and he was very young then and wasn’t the player he is now but his attitude was fantastic.

“You could see he was going to become somebody important. I’m pleased to say he’s one of those guys who deserves everything he’s won.”

Lampard scored 20 goals or more five seasons in a row between 2005 and 2010 and Zola says he had a striker’s ability in the box to come up with important breakthroughs.

“He’s one of those midfielders who can score goals, especially when it comes to tight games” said Zola. “Everyone expects the strikers to score but actually Frank got the goals. But Frank has done better than just that because he keeps scoring all the time. I don’t think there is any other midfielder in the world who has scored as many goals as him.”


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Zola speaks highly of a number of players he worked with.

It was more than 14 years ago that Leicester last claimed a win against their rivals tonight.

A 2-1 victory saw the Foxes move above Chelsea into sixth spot. That was the time when Chelsea had a big Italian influence, the coach was Claudio Ranieri who replaced Gianluca Vialli early that season – as well as four players: Sam Dalla Bona, Carlo Cudicini, Roberto Di Matteo and the unforgettable ‘Magic Box’ Gianfranco Zola. Leicester on the hand could play Roberto Mancini who arrived on loan from Lazio a couple of weeks before.

The complete 2000 – 2001 first team, romantic eh.

The Blues were still wearing those fascinating jerseys made by Umbro and most of the players had total black boots that seems a utopia looking to the fancy style of players today.

Leicester halted their league slump with a gutsy win to leave Chelsea still looking for their first away victory of the season. Defender Gary Rowett sealed a valuable Filbert Street triumph with a well-taken strike 13 minutes from the final whistle, despite for the opening 20 minutes Chelsea played like a side who really believed they might be able to find that elusive away victory. Early in the match, at the 23re minute midfielder Muzzy Uzzet – grew in Chelsea young teams – put Leicester up with a great header on the far post. Later came the equalizer at the 75th minute from Jimmy Floyd Hasseilbank with a well-taken header from Wise’s cross. But the winner score was taken two minutes after the Forxes Matt Elliott beat the Chelsea central defenders to a header and the ball fell to the full-back at the far post, who finished it like a born striker.

This performance was more than a decade ago and the situation of the two clubs has completely changed looking at the current Premier League table. Chelsea are striving to win the league and Leicester are fighting to be part of the next top-flight season.

Here were the starting line-up for the nostalgic supporters:

Leicester: Royce, Rowett, Davidson, Elliott, Impey, Robbie Savage, Izzet, Guppy, Lewis, Mancini, Sturridge.

Subs: Price, Sinclair, Eadie, Gunnlaugsson, Akinbiyi.

Chelsea: Cudicini, Babayaro, Leboeuf, Melchiot, Ferrer, Gronkjaer, Poyet, Wise, Dalla Bona, Zola, Hasselbaink.

Subs: de Goey,  Jokanovic, Stanic, Lambourde, Gudjohnsen


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