Chelsea assistant compares Sarri’s era to Guardiola’s

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

According to Gianfranco Zola, the difficult time the Italian manager is having currently with the Blues is just like Guardiola suffered in his first season with Manchester City.

When Pep Guardiola joined Manchester City, his first season proved to be a difficult one.

Guardiola and the Citizens ended up in third place of the table with 23 out of 38 games played.

But the next year he became a champion with his new team for the first time.

And now his side sit first in the Premier League table and have a big chance to become back-to-back champions.

For Chelsea’s assistant manager Gianfranco Zola, what Guardiola endured in his first season at City is what’s happening to Maurizio Sarri in Chelsea.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“How do you know that we are not making changes?” Zola said to Sky Sports.

“We are adjusting a few things but without changing where we want to go. The direction is always the same.”

“Two years ago you were probably asking the same questions to Pep Guardiola. I do remember you asking him, ‘is that the case that you keep playing from the back?’,” he continued.

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“And I remember the answers of Pep, saying, ‘this is not in discussion, this is part of my game, I know I am going through this difficult moment, and I don’t change it’.”

“I think we are pretty much in a similar moment, where there are a lot of questions and doubts about what we do, but again we are trying to adapt to the league and make some changes,” Zola said.

“But we don’t change the way we see football and what is good for this club, because otherwise, we are nothing.”

Chelsea is currently in sixth place of the EPL table with 50 points, thanks to 15 matches won, five draws and six defeats.