Gianfranco Zola has pinpointed the poor form of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa as a major reason for Chelsea’s struggles this season.
Chelsea are 16th in the Premier League having lost seven of their opening 12 games, with Jose Mourinho’s future at Stamford Bridge the source of much speculation.
Zola, however, does not necessarily believe the Portuguese is to blame for his former club’s poor form.
“There is one compelling reason for the poor start to the season,” said the former Blues striker, now coach of Qatari side Al Arabi. “The poor form of key offensive players Eden Hazard and Diego Costa has not helped.
“Defensively as well the team has dropped the standards set last year so the players have lost confidence as a group and this has led to poor results. The club has it in them to turn around their fortunes.”
Roberto Di Matteo, meanwhile, mentioned as a possible interim replacement for Mourinho, has warned against over-reacting.
“I really hope Mourinho is going to stay long term, stability is so important for the club,” Di Matteo.
“We have short memories but only four months ago we won the (league and League Cup) double.
“Chelsea have been so successful for the last 15 years and it can happen that you have a bad year but there is so much quality in the team and the club has one of the best managers in the world.”
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