Players and staff at the club took part in a two-minute silence for Armistice Day this morning as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in battle.



 Players and staff at the club took part in a two-minute silence for Armistice Day this morning as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in battle.










 completes our week celebrating 20 
 years since Gianfranco Zola moved to Stamford Bridge by hearing from two of his former team-mates.
Eddie Newton and Jody Morris, who both played in midfield for the Blues, were already at the club when Zola arrived in November 1996, and they have been speaking about his impact and his qualities on and off the pitch...

Eddie Newton and Jody Morris were at different points in their Chelsea careers when Gianfranco Zola signed for the club, but both were instantly impressed with the new arrival, with his ability shining through very early on.
At the time, Newton, the club's current loan technical coach, had only recently returned from a broken leg sustained the previous season, and he believes Zola’s character in and around a cosmopolitan dressing room was hugely important.
‘I remember Ruud Gullit, our manager at the time, had been saying he needed one more signing to take us to the next level, we didn’t know who he was talking about but obviously it revealed itself eventually,’ recalls Newton.
‘I think we were quite lucky at that time because not only did we bring in the right players, we brought in good human beings. They were the right characters to have in the dressing room and they slotted in well with the English players and other Europeans. Gianfranco helped that and he was able to adapt to a new country and culture very easily, which showed his quality as a person.
‘When he first came in I remember how humble he was as a man and how professional he was in the way he acquitted himself to training. Afterwards he would always be doing weights and stretching so it brought the level up because when you see that, you either fall away or go with it.
‘Later, when we had on loan at Watford, when Zola was their manager, we had to work together on his development, and he was no different to how he’d always been. He has a lot of integrity and quality as a man.’



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