Gianfranco Zola sends message to Chelsea FC’s forgotten man

Gianfranco Zola discusses Gary Cahill's role in the Chelsea FC team this season

Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Gianfranco Zola has called on Gary Cahill to be patient despite his lack of playing time at Chelsea FC this season.

The 32-year-old defender has struggled to hold down a spot in the first team at Stamford Bridge this season since Maurizio Sarri’s appointment as the club’s new manager back in July.

Cahill made his first Premier League appearance of the season for the Blues when they slumped to a goalless draw against West Ham United in the Premier League last weekend.

He has only featured for 21 minutes in the top flight so far this season, so it is inevitable that his future at the west London club has been called into doubt.

However, Chelsea FC assistant coach Zola seems to think that there is still a place for the England defender in the team, and he has called on him to be patient.

Speaking at a news conference before Chelsea FC’s trip to Liverpool FC in the League Cup on Wednesday night, Zola said: “It’s totally understandable that Gary is upset.

“We want him to be upset. It means he cares. But he’s a top professional and is doing everything correctly.

“He just needs to be patient. He will have his chances, and then it’s down to him to take his chances in the best way.”

Chelsea FC will now turn their attentions towards their crunch Premier League showdown against Liverpool FC at Anfield on Saturday evening.

The Blues know that a win over the Reds would move them a point ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League pace-setters.

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