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Chelsea coach Zola calls for ‘unity’ ahead of season defining three games

Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has called for unity ahead of a potentially season defining run of games for his side.

The Blues play Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup, Man City in the Carabao Cup Final, and Spurs in the Premier League, in their next three games.

Things have not seemed well at Chelsea in recent times, with Blues boss Maurizio Sarri questioning his players mentality on a number of occasions, with the Stamford Bridge outfit slipping to humiliating losses to Bournemouth 4-0 and Man City 6-0 in their last two domestic away games.

However, Chelsea did secure their first away win of 2019 on Thursday against Malmo in the Europa League, and Zola has called for everybody at the club to stick together as they enter into such a crucial run of games.

”We know it’s a crucial moment, we have some very important matches,’’ Zola told a pre-match press conference ahead of his sides clash with Man United at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

”The next three are United in the fifth round, then we have the Carabao Cup final and then we have Tottenham in the league, where we are going to be playing for a Champions League spot. It’s an important moment. It’s very challenging and I think the key will be to face each task by only thinking about that task. The first is United and we come into the game after a good performance in the Europa League, that’s the most important thing, then we’re going to think about City and Tottenham.

”Nobody is pleased when you lose games the way we have recently. The players, coaches, everyone. We know it’s a moment in which we’ve alternated results and that’s something we don’t like. We know we have to be consistent. We have the team to afford to do that and it’s important everyone understands the situation and is working on it, players, coaches and the club. It’s not the challenge, but it’s the unity facing the challenge which makes the difference and I believe we have that.”

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