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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri celebrates with the trophy after the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola believes “all the players believed in what we were doing” despite Maurizio Sarri had some issues during his first season abroad as manager.

Zola told journalists after the victory of Europa League trophy: ‘It’s football, no? During a season you can have good moments or bad moments,

What is important is always believing in your work and always giving your best. That’s what we did”.

He added: “Fortunately the players believed in what we were doing, they helped us a lot, and we went through all the problems and difficulties that we had. We are all here celebrating and I think we deserved something”.



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Chelsea have confirmed 18-year-old forward Callum Hudson-Odoi was due to undergo surgery on Tuesday evening after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in the clash against Burnley last time out.

An official statement from the club read: “Callum is seeing a specialist this afternoon and is expected to undergo surgery on his ruptured Achilles tendon this evening”.

The England international limped-off the pitch after just 41 minutes at Stamford Bridge and is expected to miss the rest of current season.

Assistant coach Gianfranco Zola had previously confirmed “Hudson looks a serious thing” before more exams were scheduled.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to leave the pitch and being substituted after struggling with a cramp in the extra-time of Blues’ Carabao Cup final against Man City earlier tonight.

The Spaniard was asked to leave the pitch, with Willy Caballero set to come on, but decided to stay and the Italian manager looked furious towards him.

Also former Chelsea captain John Terry backed current manager Maurizio Sarri speaking after the game: “I think once the number goes up you have to come off. As a player you have to show that respect and come off.

I get it that he doesn’t want to, he’s in the final, he’s played well, he’s doing well, if he’s told the physio and the medical department he’s ok”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to leave the pitch and being substituted after struggling with a cramp in the extra-time of Blues’ Carabao Cup final against Man City earlier tonight.

The Spaniard was asked to leave the pitch, with Willy Caballero set to come on, but decided to stay and the Italian manager looked furious towards him.

Sarri told the club’s official website: “It was a big misunderstanding, I understood he had cramp so I didn’t want the goalkeeper to go to penalties in that physical condition”.

“I only realised the situation after three or four minutes when the doctor came to the bench. In the meantime I wanted Caballero on the pitch, and the keeper only wanted me to know he was in condition to go to penalties, so it was a big misunderstanding”.

He added: “Kepa was right, even if the way he conducted himself was wrong. Mentally he was right, he was able to go to penalties, but I only realised everything when the doctor was able to come to the bench, not before. I was really angry”.

“I want to talk with him because he needs to understand that with a misunderstanding we can get in trouble, especially with the media. So I think I only have to explain the situation to Kepa but without any other problem”.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has featured in Chelsea‘s last three consecutive games scoring four goals.

The England international’s improvement under Maurizio Sarri looks clearly visible, as assistant coach Gianfranco Zola assessed earlier in a press conference ahead of the 3-2 win. “Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are following his instructions very well” he said.

Loftus-Cheek said: “Derby County pressed quite well. It was difficult for us to play out. Credit to them, they were physical, but we just said at half-time we need to step it up because they were playing well, and we needed to be more aggressive and be braver to play out from the back. They gave us a really tough game”.

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Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola has praised the improvements in Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who are “following Maurizio Sarri’s instructions very well” so far.

The Chelsea legend, who spoke at a press conference ahead of Carabao Cup clash against Derby County, told journalists Eden Hazard is unlikely to be involved tonight. Chelsea trio Pedro, Olivier Giroud and Ethan Ampadu remain a doubt ahead of the game: “their conditions will be assessed tomorrow” said Zola.

Chelsea will face also club loanees Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount, who are eligible to feature against the Blues. The Italian explained also reasons behind Chelsea’s decision to give Derby County permission for the two youngsters to be involved: “What’s important for us is that Mason and Tomori grow up as players, and we believe playing against us is an opportunity for them to grow up quicker”.

“The more they play against Premier League teams the more experience they can get, and the better the evaluation we can make on them. It was a great opportunity to see them play in front of us and we took it”.

“There will be a lot at stake. It will be a game where the technical, tactical and physical side is on a higher level than the ones they play in their own league”.

“As well as that there will be a psychological component because they will have to play in front of a big crowd, and they know it’s the crowd of the team they belong to, so it will give them a good test”.

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Chelsea have announced the 25-man squad which is currently heading to Australia ahead of their friendly game against Perth Glory on Monday.

Maurizio Sarri, who spoke at his first press conference today, won’t count on Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, N’Golo Kante, Michy Batshuayi, olivier Giroud, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Gary Cahill, Matt Miazga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kenneth Omeruo, Victor Moses, Willy Caballero and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Here’s the full list: Marcin Bulka, Jared Thompson, Bradley Collins, David Luiz, Ethan Ampadu, Fikayo Tomori, Michael Hector, Tomas Kalas, Marcos Alonso, Emerson, Davide Zappacosta, Ola Aina, Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Ross Barkley, Mario Pasalic,  Jorginho, Kasey Palmer, Pedro, Lucas Piazon, Charly Musonda, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Alvaro Morata, Tammy Abraham

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Maurizio Sarri has put the pen to paper on a deal to become Chelsea head-coach.

Gianfranco Zola will be his assistant, according to Sky in Italy.

Chelsea confirmed the club have parted ways with Antonio Conte earlier this morning and the former Napoli manager has reportedly completed the takeover at Stamford Bridge.

The 60-year-old is set to be unveiled as the new Chelsea boss in the next few hours.

Gianfranco Zola will have an important role in Sarr’s coaching staff, as well as former Empoli manager Giovanni Martusciello.


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Gianfranco Zola could join Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea as the Blues’ new director of sport, according to reports in England and Italy.

However, the former Chelsea striker has confirmed a deal has not be completed at all and remained coy on questions over his possible role at the club.

Zola told SuperSport“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. But honestly, at the moment it is only talking. Nothing is decided.”

Then, speaking to Premium Sport in Italy, he added: “At the moment nothing has happened, we’ll see what happens in the future.”

“Chelsea has not found a new manager, it’s true and I hope they can do it as soon as possible”.

“Very often, when a manager must to be replaced or sporting director’s role is still vacant they [journalists] think through association of ideas”.


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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”.


Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola believes "all the players believed in what we were doing" despite Maurizio Sarri had some issues during his first season abroad as...