Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola insists ‘you CANNOT rule out the Blues’ in Premier League title race after going unbeaten for seven games under new boss Graham Potter in Brentford draw
- Gianfranco Zola still believes Chelsea will compete in Premier League title race this season
- The Blues are currently fourth in the league table after the first 10 games
- Graham Potter side are now seven games unbeaten after draw with Brentford
Gianfranco Zola is not ruling out his former club Chelsea when it comes to the Premier League title race, despite a mixed start to the campaign.
The Blues are currently fourth in the table after the first 10 games, despite being held to a goalless draw by Brentford in their last game.
However, they extended their unbeaten run to seven games under new boss Graham Potter at Brentford Community Stadium.
Chelsea are currently fourth in the Premier League after a 0-0 draw at Brentford
Chelsea extended their undefeated streak to seven games under Graham Potter (pictured, centre)
They still have work to do to get themselves back into the title race, as they are seven points behind leaders Arsenal, while also trailing Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
‘It’s still possible. Chelsea are a very good team and they have a great squad and they can be competitive in the Champions League and even in the league,” said Gianfranco Zola after the match against Amazon Prime.
“I said before that you can’t exclude a team like Chelsea from the title race.
“I mean, there are a lot of difficult games for the top teams, but Chelsea will be there, of course they will have to take one more step to increase the quality, but they will be there.”
Gianfranco Zola does not exclude his former club Chelsea from the title race in the Premier League
The former striker, who netted 59 goals and 42 assists in 229 appearances for Chelsea, also hailed it as a good point, despite expectations the Blues would seal a win.
“Chelsea are a big team and they are close to the top of the table so you can tell Brentford they need to win so a draw is not a good result.
“But as this Brentford team is a really difficult client, I think this is a good point for Chelsea.
The former West Ham United and Watford manager also praised Mateo Kovacic’s standout performance in the match.
Zola also praised Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic (pictured) for his standout performance
“He is a player who has become very consistent. First, he barely loses the ball, he is always in control and under pressure you can pass the ball to him, he never loses it. He is always very creative.
“He is a player who has improved so much by playing in that position. I must say fair enough to Thomas Tuchel; he played it in that position and it suits him so well.’
Chelsea will receive Manchester United from Erik ten Hag at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.