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Zola Tips Mourinho To Bounce Back After United Sack

Zola Tips Mourinho To Bounce Back After United Sack

Chelsea assistant coach, Gianfranco Zola, has tipped Jose Mourinho to bounce back after he was sacked by Manchester United after two and half years in charge of the club on Tuesday.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager guided United to League Cup, Community Shield, and Europa League titles but has struggled with the team this season.


Manchester United are sixth in the Premier League, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool, who trounced them 3-1 on last Sunday in the Premier League.

“It is never pleasant to see a coach dismissed. Not pleasant for anyone, especially Jose who has won so much and for this club. I want to wish him the best for a new adventure and I am sure it will be somewhere else,” Zola said during his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup clash at home to Bournemouth.

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“Nowadays getting the sack is our job. The big and the small coaches. He will want to bounce back.”

His dismissal continues his run of never completing four consecutive seasons in charge of a club.

On the game against Bournemouth, Zola said: “We are ambitious. We want to win and we will treat it seriously. There are a lot of games to play. There will be a strong team, for sure.”

“It can be tricky. I remember last year, we know Bournemouth is a dangerous team. They have gone far, good coach and team. We know our potentials, we have had a bad spell but we have a lot of confidence.”

“We want to win things, it is a quarter-final. He doesn’t really [need to win something in the first season], he has to build up. Last year they won and we want to achieve something, but we are not in an urge for that. We want to be competitive in this league and Europe. We need to think in a short term and long term.

“This team plays in the way he wants to play, not consistently yet, but it is coming. It is demanding what the coach wants. I can understand it is difficult. As much as we try to play offensive there are a lot of ways you need to be defensive. This is what the players need to achieve.

Zola also ruled out Alvaro Morata from Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash at home to Bournemouth.

“I don’t think so [Morata won’t play]. He twisted his knee. It won’t take long, but not in contention for tomorrow. Eden has a knock in his foot. We will decide today. He is one of our best players and to have him available is a big thing. “

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