Chelsea Legend Gianfranco Zola Lists Three Players the Club Should Regret Selling Last Season


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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has expressed his belief that the club’s decision to sell three key players was a crucial error that led to their challenging start last season.


Despite finishing sixth in the Premier League, Chelsea struggled initially before showing improvement in the latter part of the campaign.

Zola emphasized that the departures of Kai Havertz and Mateo Kovacic, who moved to Arsenal and Manchester City respectively, significantly impacted Chelsea’s performance.

Additionally, he highlighted the January 2023 exit of Jorginho to Arsenal as depriving the team of a vital leader.

Speaking to Ladbrokes, Zola noted Chelsea’s transitional phase, where young players were brought in while experienced figures like Havertz, Kovacic, and Jorginho departed.


Gianfranco Zola
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He described these players as integral to the team’s spirit and leadership, which took time to replace.

Despite the challenges, Zola credited manager Pochettino for eventually getting the team back on track.

He expressed surprise and disappointment at Pochettino’s departure, suggesting it was unexpected from a supporter’s perspective.

Zola, a Chelsea icon who played for the club from 1996 to 2003, understands the intricacies of team dynamics and the impact of player departures on overall team performance.

His insights underline the complexities involved in maintaining a competitive squad in top-flight football.


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