ZOLA REVEALS WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE TEAM’S LACK OF GOALS

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Chelsea play host to Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday evening, and the Blues will be hoping to get the win at the Bridge and bang in the goals having failed to score in the last two games at Stamford Bridge.

Despite the huge possession of the ball, Chelsea played a 0-0 draw with Southampton and a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City in the previous home games.

Speaking ahead of the Forest clash, Zola has revealed that the team is taking the FA Cup seriously.

“For this club, and also for us [this squad and staff], all competitions are important.” Zola said.

“We are trying to establish ourselves and we respect this competition very much so we are going to try to do well.

Zola also admitted that the technical crew is working hard to ensure that the team starts scoring more goals as teams come to the Bridge and defend very deep, admitting that the team is still a work in progress.

“We have a task in front of us,” Zola said. “Nowadays the teams come to Stamford Bridge and 90 per cent of the time they sit back in the last 40 metres, and bear in mind with that task it is not easy for anybody. In the past Barcelona had that problem, Bayern Munich, Man City, Liverpool, everybody suffers when there are no spaces up there.

“This is something we need to get used to, this is the big issue we have – for the amount of time we have the ball we do not create a lot of goal opportunities but we know this is part of the process. We are not a perfect team yet.

“We are going to sort it, I am sure. We have intelligent, quality players up front and the players are going to get used to it. They just need to adjust to the task.”

After the goalless draw against the Saints, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri admitted that the team needs something different.

“The club knows very well my opinion. I think we need something different for characteristics,” Sarri said after the goalless draw with Southampton on Wednesday.

Asked if he would solve Chelsea’s problem in the January transfer market, Sarri added: “I don’t know. I don’t know because I’m not in charge of the market.

“I have to think to my responsibility. I have to think to the pitch and the training. I have to try to improve my players, my team, my offensive phase, or better our offensive phase in the last 20 metres.

“We are very good to build up the action, I think. Now we have to improve in the last 20 metres. The club knows my position, my opinion. It’s up to the board, not me.”

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