Thursday, 1st May, 2014

Former Chelsea forward Gianfranco Zola has backed manager Jose Mourinho after the west London side lost to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final.

Goals from Adrian Lopez, Diego Costa and Arda Turan helped Atletico Madrid to register a 3-1 win over Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final at Stamford Bridge last night.

"Jose has always brought results", Zola told the BBC. "Unfortunately it didn't work out.”

Zola defended the Portuguese manager’s tactics last night and said that everybody needs to accept the fact that the better team on the night won.


"Sometimes you have to accept that the better team on the day won. I wouldn't put it down to the tactics."

In 1996 Zola joined Chelsea from Italian side Parma and until 2003, when he returned to Italy. He made 312 appearances for the Blues and scored 80 goals in his time at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian was twice named the club's player of the year in his time with Chelsea, and was voted as the club’s greatest player in 2003, receiving 60% of the votes in a poll conducted by the club’s official site.

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