- Our secret is in the relationship we forged with each other.
- Gianfranco Zola says unity in the team is what made his squad successful.
The Italian is back at the bridge after fifteen-years playing for the Blues, this time as an assistant manager. He claimed two FA Cups, a League Cup, a Cup Winners’ Cup, as well as winning Chelsea’s Player of the Year award twice in his Chelsea career.
Zola feels the relationship that was built between English and foreign players in the dressing room was a key component in their silverware pursuit.
Zola said, speaking exclusively to DAZN and Savechelsea.
“I was interested in joining Chelsea because I was keen to play abroad,”
“Playing in a different league, speaking in a different language and experiencing a different culture. That was something I really wanted to do.
“My first day with the club, the day that I signed for Chelsea [was] definitely a great day for me. I was with Ruud Gullit and we took pictures at Stamford Bridge. This was, in my opinion, the start of a fantastic adventure.
“We created a truly beautiful atmosphere between the foreign and English players. We had a very united changing room, which is what allowed us to achieve those results.”
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Zola won his first European title with Chelsea where he scored the winning goal coming off the bench in the final of the 1998 Cup Winners’ Cup against Stuttgart.
“The goal that I scored in the [Cup Winners’ Cup] final against Stuttgart [was] another very important day for me, especially because I wasn’t meant to play in the final, having suffered a pretty bad knee injury just three weeks prior.
“I really didn’t think I was going to play. So being able to make it, to enter the pitch and score was very important for me.
“This was a very important trophy for what was a great group of players. So I’m very happy about it.”
The Italian helped Chelsea to continental glory as a player, he has also done it as a coach during their 2018-19 campaign with a 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final.
Savechelsea.net reported earlier Chelsea appoint Zola as assistant manager.
Fifteen years since playing for the Blues, Zola returns as an assistant coach for Chelsea. The Italian also feels he is ready for the challenge and only his best would suffice and he intends to give his best.
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