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Gianfranco Zola Issues Thomas Tuchel Verdict And Sends Message To Under-Performing Chelsea Stars

Chelsea icon Gianfranco Zola has made his thoughts known on the current team and the job that manager Thomas Tuchel is doing in west London.

The 55-year-old, who scored 80 goals in 311 appearances for the Blues between 1996 and 2003, most recently worked for the club as assistant manager to Maurizio Sarri.

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Zola’s compatriot was eventually replaced by Frank Lampard, though the Englishman didn’t last as long as he would have hoped at the Chelsea helm and made way at the turn of the year for Tuchel.

The German made an immediate impact in west London by delivering the Champions League trophy and has started the current Premier League season in fine form.

After 11 matches the Blues are top of the division and are clear of closest rivals Manchester City by three points, having already won the Super Cup, with Zola praising Tuchel for the work he has done.

“So far he hasn’t missed anything,” Zola told talkSPORT.

“He inherited a team that was doing OK but he turned it into a fantastic run. The first year winning the Champions League the way they did was a great result. Now this year is confirming everything we knew. He is consolidating what he did.

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“The team looks stronger, they look in control of what it does. The results they are achieving are not a surprise.”

Despite Chelsea’s current form not all of their players have been firing on all cylinders so far this season.

Mason Mount only scored his first goals of the season in the side’s 7-0 thumping of Norwich at Stamford Bridge last month, while Romelu Lukaku started the season well but slowed down before picking up an injury that has left him sidelined.

Zola said that those key players would find their best form again this season, though, and joked that if he was still a player he wasn’t certain he’d get into Tuchel’s XI.

“I would find it difficult to fit into this team with the way they are playing,” added the Italian.

“Everyone is playing so well and I still think there are players who will go up in performance.

“Mason this year hasn’t been the same player he was last year, Lukaku has started fantastically well in the beginning but then is slowing down – he will come back strong. This team is looking very well at the moment.”

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  1. TUCHEL should gradually bring Lukaku into the team. Personally, I still prefer Timo to Lukaku for now. The team looks stronger when Timo plays than Lukaku that Is always isolated when we play big teams.

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