Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has reiterated the club’s respect for the FA Cup as they prepare to face Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Having played a big part in Chelsea’s FA Cup history as a manager, Zola is hoping to have the same impact as an important member of Maurizio Sarri’s coaching team.
The Blues are the current holders of the FA Cup after their 1-0 victory against Manchester United in May 2018, thanks to Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty.
Chelsea will launch their FA Cup defense on Saturday when they host Championship side Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge.
“For this club, and also for us [this squad and staff], all competitions are important,” Zola told the club’s website.
“We are trying to establish ourselves and we respect this competition very much so we are going to try to do well.
“We have a task in front of us. Nowadays, the teams come to Stamford Bridge and 90 percent of the time they sit back in the last 40 meters and bear in mind with that task it is not easy for anybody.
“In the past Barcelona had that problem, Bayern Munich, Man City, Liverpool, everybody suffers when there are no spaces up there.
“This is something we need to get used to, this is the big issue we have – for the amount of time we have the ball we do not create a lot of goal opportunities but we know this is part of the process. We are not a perfect team yet.
“We are going to sort it, I am sure. We have intelligent, quality players up front and the players are going to get used to it. They just need to adjust to the task.”