Gianfranco Zola

Gianfranco Zola: ‘Chelsea to complain about offensive Burnley comment to Sarri’

Gianfranco Zola expects Chelsea to lodge a formal complaint with the Football Association after Burnley‘s backroom staff “offended” boss Maurizio Sarri in the teams’ 2-2 Premier League draw. Head coach Sarri refused to talk to the media after Chelsea’s lacklustre home draw with the Clarets, incensed at being sent off and claiming he was abused by the visiting coaching team. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and Burnley goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer had to be separated by the officials at the final whistle, as a gripping encounter ended in ugly touchline scenes at Stamford Bridge. Tempers flare on the touchline after the match (Adam Davy/PA) David Luiz and Ashley Westwood then clashed as the teams left the field, and that after Gonzalo Higuain had thrown a bott...

Olivier Giroud: “I’m not happy to play the second role”

Olivier Giroud has demanded a “more important role” in order to stay at Chelsea next season. France’s World Cup-winning striker admitted he has yet to meet Chelsea’s board about whether he will remain at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have the option to extend the 32-year-old’s deal by another year, with Giroud hoping for a meeting with club bosses before the end of the campaign. “Trust me I’m very frustrated when I’m not on the pitch, but I just don’t want to show it,” said Giroud. Olivier Giroud is a prolific scorer in Europe this term (Adam Davy/PA) “You need to keep that frustration for you. And transform that into positive energy on the pitch. “But trust me I’m not happy to play the second role. That’s why I...

Zola urges Chelsea to stick together to put their season back on track

Gianfranco Zola says Chelsea must unite to rectify their stuttering season ahead of a crucial run of fixtures. The FA Cup holders host Manchester United in the fifth round on Monday evening, before the second leg of their Europa League tie with Malmo and next Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. Maurizio Sarri’s men then welcome London rivals Tottenham to Stamford Bridge hoping to boost their chances of Champions League qualification having dropped out of the Premier League top four after last weekend’s 6-0 thrashing by champions City. Chelsea were heavily beaten at the Etihad (Nick Potts/PA) The heavy defeat against Pep Guardiola’s side followed a 4-0 loss at Bournemouth in the club’s previous away game. Asked if Chelsea’s players are demonstrating sufficient desire to turn...

Chelsea want Zinedine Zidane to replace Maurizio Sarri?

Chelsea consider an approach for Zinedine Zidane as the speculation surrounding the future of current head coach Maurizio Sarri continues, according to a report. Chelsea are reportedly considering an approach for Zinedine Zidane as speculation surrounding the future of current head coach Maurizio Sarri continues to gather pace. Sarri only took charge of Chelsea last summer following a successful period with Napoli. The Blues made a strong start to the campaign, but their Premier League form has been inconsistent in recent weeks, which has seen them drop out of the Champions League positions. Chelsea were thumped 6-0 at Manchester City on Sunday afternoon and the odds on Sarri being sacked have been slashed following the disappointing result at the Etihad Stadium. Chelsea assistant Gianfran...

Maurizio Sarri ‘faces huge fortnight’

Maurizio Sarri’s fate as head coach of Chelsea will be decided in the next two weeks, according to a report. Maurizio Sarri‘s fate as head coach of Chelsea will reportedly be decided in the next two weeks. Sarri only took charge of Chelsea last summer following a successful period with Napoli. The Blues made a strong start to the campaign, but their Premier League form has been inconsistent in recent weeks, which has seen them drop out of the Champions League positions. Chelsea were thumped 6-0 at Manchester City on Sunday afternoon and the odds on Sarri being sacked have been slashed following the disappointing result at the Etihad Stadium. Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola has been strongly linked with the managerial position at Stamford Bridge, with the club said to be prepa...

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