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Saturday September 12 2020
Zola: 'Pirlo could be a brilliant move'

Former Cagliari coach Gianfranco Zola was sorry to see Maurizio Sarri lose his job but has claimed Juventus made a ‘courageous’ and possibly ‘brilliant’ move by appointing Andrea Pirlo.

Zola spent 2018-19 as Sarri’s assistant at his former club Chelsea, having failed to live up to the expectations as head coach of West Ham, Watford and Cagliari.

But the former Napoli, Parma and Cagliari player, believes Pirlo has the ‘knowledge’ to become a success with the Old Lady.

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Sunday August 9 2020
Zola 'surprised' by Pirlo at Juventus

Gianfranco Zola admits to being ‘surprised’ by Andrea Pirlo’s appointment as the new Juventus coach. ‘It’s a courageous move from the club.’

Just over a week since he was unveiled as the coach of the Under-23 team, which plays in Serie C, Pirlo was suddenly promoted to the head coach role.

He is replacing Maurizio Sarri, who Zola worked with as an assistant manager at Chelsea last season.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised by this,” Zola told Sky Sport Italia.

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Saturday May 30 2020
Zola: 'Sarri bored Chelsea players'

Former Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola acknowledges stars like Eden Hazard and Willian were ‘bored’ by Maurizio Sarri’s training drills.

Although he steered them to Champions League qualification and won the Europa League with a 4-1 victory over Arsenal, Sarri is not well remembered by many of the Stamford Bridge players.

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Friday May 22 2020
Ancelotti: 'Zidane changed me'

Carlo Ancelotti says he learned how ‘the club has to work for the manager’ at Juventus and that Zinedine Zidane ‘changed my idea about football’.

Ancelotti managed Juve between 1999 and 2001 with little success, but his tenure was notable as he had Zidane at his disposal and it acted as a springboard to two Champions Leagues with Milan.

The Frenchman would later assist his mentor at Real Madrid, before eventually replacing him as their coach.

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Saturday May 16 2020
Zola: 'Football is like therapy'

Gianfranco Zola believes the return of football ‘can act as a form of therapy’ for society, but says he left England for Italy because they understood the pandemic better.

The former Chelsea star still lives in London, but reveals to the Corriere dello Sport that he flew back to Italy when the COVID-19 pandemic really exploded.

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Monday March 16 2020
Zola: 'Other priorities need to be defended'

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola says “other priorities need to be defended” in relation to England’s attitude towards the Coronavirus.

The Sardinian gave a lengthy interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport on the Coronavirus and the various issues surrounding the disease, which has brought sport, and Italy, to a standstill.

“The virus is a sneaky, dark evil. It can strike us even without realising it. The danger of contagion is real for anyone,” Zola told La Gazzetta.

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Saturday December 14 2019
Zola: 'Sarri high opinion of himself'

Gianfranco Zola reveals why his season at Chelsea with Maurizio Sarri was “exceptional, but difficult, as he has a very high opinion of his own ideas,” and analyses Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli sacking.

The Italy legend has made England his home after many years at Chelsea, as both player and assistant manager to Sarri.

“My season with Sarri was difficult, but exceptional in a professional sense,” Zola told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Tuesday November 26 2019
Zola: 'Anfield opportunity for Napoli'

Gianfranco Zola predicts Napoli could upset Liverpool in the Champions League and see this trip as “an opportunity” to turn things around.

It kicks off at Anfield on Wednesday at 20.00 GMT.

“It’s not a good moment for Napoli right now, but nights like this can spark a rebirth,” Zola told Il Mattino newspaper.

“Losing Lorenzo Insigne is a real blow, but the Azzurri already proved they know how to beat Liverpool. It’s true that the Reds have a very strong attack, but their defence is hardly a blockade.

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Tuesday November 12 2019
Zola: 'Cagliari deserve top four'

Gianfranco Zola complimented his home-town club and gives Rolando Maran credit, as Cagliari “deserve their position” in the top four of Serie A.

Cagliari started the season with two losses, but now sit joint third with Lazio thanks to a 10-round unbeaten run, culminating in the 5-2 thrashing of Fiorentina.

The former Sardinian coach and player is impressed with their developments this season.

“The Rossoblu are doing very well and they deserve the spot they’ve got in the table right now,” Zola told Sky Sport Italia.

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Thursday August 15 2019
'Kepa left Sarri speechless!'

Gianfranco Zola has revealed that Kepa Arrizabalaga left Maurizio Sarri ‘speechless’ when he refused to come off in last season’s EFL Cup Final.

Kepa defended his actions during Chelsea’s penalties defeat to Manchester City in February, explaining there was a ‘misunderstanding’ over his fitness.

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