Zola reveals the Chelsea life under obsessive Sarri

Date published: Wednesday 24th October 2018 11:41 - Matthew Briggs

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Chelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola has revealed what life is like as Maurizio Sarri’s right-hand man.

Sarri arrived via Napoli to replace Antonio Conte in July and his first job was to appoint the former Blues forward Zola as his No.2.

Former Italy international Zola made over 300 appearances and scored 80 goals for the Blues between 1996 and 2003. And he helped them win the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and Super Cup, two FA Cups and the League Cup.

And after three months working with Sarri, Zola says the Italian coach is as meticulous as ever.

“It’s a lot, the level of details that he puts. He really doesn’t leave anything by chance. So when the players go out on the pitch the players know everything about what they have to do and that’s a big help,” Zola told Soccer AM.

“He’s obsessed with knowing everything about the opposition and then going to the pitch to prepare everything.

“He knows player by player. All the key players of the opposition, how they defend, how they attack and so therefore doing everything to stop them from playing and playing around them, there is a lot of work.

Sky Sports’ Tubes then asked Zola if Sarri gives him homework, Zola laughed and said: “I can not stop, I am watching more games in the last two months than in the last five years.”

 

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