We don’t need any reminders that last season was the worst season in recent memory for most of us Chelsea fans. Losing 9 out of the first 16 matches, it seemed like Chelsea could do no right. Most of us bid our then manager Jose Mourinho a tearful goodbye, and it seemed to be the worst time for a Chelsea fan to be alive.
With Guus Hiddink appointed as interim manager, we all saw Antonio Conte being announced as the next main man, and we all were apprehensive about the selection. We were rather hoping for someone like a Diego Simeone, who I think was close to joining as well. But just as Italy displayed their grit in Euros, even without a lot of their usual big names, we knew Conte was probably the right man to take us forward.
And now, a Chelsea legend himself, in fact, a fellow Italian as well, has given his nod of approval to Antonio Conte. The brilliant player, former manager, and now a respected pundit, Gianfranco Zola has praised Conte for the impact he has had on the Blues and believes he is the right man to take Chelsea forward.
Talking to Italian TV channel Rai Due after Chelsea’s match with Francesco Guidolin’s Swansea City, Zola said:
Find out what Gianfranco Zola said on next page.