ZOLA DOESN’T THINK DRAW AGAINST BURNLEY IS AN OPPORTUNITY MISSED

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All our top fours rivals lost over the weekend and Chelsea could have ended the night third on the table but instead are fourth after the 2-2 draw against Burnley.

Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola doesn’t think the dropped points against Burnley is a missed opportunity for Chelsea.

“We still have gained a point on other teams and won’t give up until the end,” Zola told reporters after the 2-2 draw against Burnley.

“We tried everything to win the game. We were frustrated in the second half but we didn’t play enough and they were wasting time too much. That’s what frustrated us. We tried everything we could and that’s the reason we’re very unhappy.

“We should have done more in their box, be more effective, more precise, but the desire to win was there until the end. Especially in the first half, there was a lot of quality. To break down a team like Burnley defending their last 20 metres is not easy.”

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was sent off in injury-time and did not speak to the media afterwards.

Asked why Sarri refused to speak to the press after the game, Zola replied: “Maurizio is very frustrated so would prefer not to come over here.

“He is frustrated about the game, because he’s been sent off, I think he’s been offended as well and didn’t think it was the right thing to do.

“I think he’s been told something from their bench, don’t ask me exactly what, I don’t want to go down that line. We will see what we can do about it.

“We understand it’s a football game and you say words because of the adrenalin but he wasn’t particularly happy about it.

“Maurizio has been sent off while he was trying to help Kevin (Friend, the referee), to tell our players to get into position. Kevin misinterpreted that and sent him off so he is very unhappy about it.”

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