“Hazard and Willian suffered under Maurizio Sarri” – Zola opens up on the Italian time at Chelsea


Chelsea might have moved past the era of Maurizio Sarri and Eden Hazard but a former assistant manager believes the Beligian playmaker suffered during his final years.

Yesterday marked one year since Sarri left the club for a new adventure in Juventus but his Europa League victory over Arsenal is still remembered for Hazard’s magical performance.

With the club going through a torrid season before their final against Arsenal there have been rumours of unrest among senior players.

Sarri’s Assistant Head Coach at the time, Gianfranco Zola, has pretty much confirmed these concerns in his latest interview yesterday, as reported by Sky Sports.

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He confirmed that some player found the training sessions “boring”, and key players such as Willian and Eden Hazard were “suffering”.

Zola said:
“At the beginning the players were very much behind everything that we were saying, they were brilliant.

“They were following everything, but then as the weeks passed due to the repetition and the amount of games they were playing, the players got tired and they also got bored in a way.

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“But boring is part of our job. Sometimes you need to get bored but when you get bored you persist in what you’re doing and you get better.

Chelsea have now moved on from Sarri’s style of play as the team are now more focused on hearing instructions from their young manager, Frank Lampard who will be eager to make sure his side qualify for next year’s Champions League when the league finally resume.

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