“You’re gonna put me in bother now” – Kalidou Koulibaly makes controversial alternative involving membership legend as Chelsea stars choose Blues’ all-time XI 

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Defender Kalidou Koulibaly not too long ago picked Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink over Gianfranco Zola in his all-time Chelsea XI from the Premier League period.

Koulibaly was joined by Raheem Sterling, Marc Cucurella, and Conor Gallagher as they picked the Blues’ all-time XI (by way of soccer.london). The group was alleged to be made up of gamers from solely the Premier League period, excluding the present Chelsea gamers.

They finally selected a 4-4-2 formation and picked up the primary few names like John Terry, Petr Cech, and Branislav Ivanovic simply. Nonetheless, one level of the talk was deciding on the strike companion for Didier Drogba.

Gallagher and Sterling mentioned it earlier than naming Zola as their choose. Nonetheless, Koulibaly threw one other identify within the combine. Sterling requested the centre-back if he had seen Zola play and he replied:

“Hasselbaink, sure.”

After being corrected that the English winger mentioned Zola as an alternative of Hasselbaink, Koulibaly mentioned:

“Oh, Zola, I assumed Hasselbaink as a result of I used to be speaking about it with him [Cucurella]. I do know Zola. He comes from Napoli, he is the third one which’s come from Napoli to Chelsea. Zola, Jorginho and me. It is regular that I do know him.”

He added:

“You are gonna put me in bother now. I did not see Zola as a result of I used to be a child however Hasselbaink I keep in mind due to my brother.

“He was taking a look at Chelsea only for him as a result of he was a tremendous striker and he tells me ‘look, have a look at that striker’ so I put Hasselbaink I feel as a result of I noticed him play.”

Sterling then refuted, saying:

“Zola was a goalscorer and a creator, Hasselbaink was only a pure goalscorer. It is a totally different comparability.”

Sterling, Gallagher and Cucurella voted in Zola for his or her group as the ultimate group learn in a 4-4-2 formation:

Petr Cech; John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ricardo Carvalho, Ashley Cole; Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard, Claude Makelele, Joe Cole; Didier Drogba, Gianfranco Zola

Zola performed 306 matches for the Blues, registering 76 targets and 23 assists. He was famend for his prowess from free-kicks and his all-round play.

Gianfranco Zola joined Chelsea at 30 years outdated, nonetheless went onto win a lot at Chelsea, we had not gained something for 26 years earlier than he got here. He’s a real legend!!!! https://t.co/WYm8prL1ZN

Hasselbaink, in the meantime, scored 87 targets and supplied 23 assists in 177 matches for the membership.


Who do Chelsea play subsequent?

Chelsea are at present seventh within the Premier League desk and on the backside of their UEFA Champions League group.

They may subsequent tackle Crystal Palace away on Saturday, October 1, in what will likely be Graham Potter’s first Premier League recreation answerable for the Blues.

They may then host AC Milan within the Champions League on October 5 earlier than internet hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers within the league on October 8.


Edited by Sankalp Srivastava




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