Blues legend and last season’s assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has praised Frank Lampard’s management this season at Chelsea.

Chelsea are still occupying the fourth place in the Premier League this season so far, with a five-point cushion over fifth-placed Manchester United.

With eight games still to play, this could still take a turn for the worse, however.

Chelsea will face Manchester City on Thursday and still have the likes of Sheffield United and Liverpool in their remaining league fixtures.

But overall, Zola thinks Lampard has done well in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge, considering the transfer ban situation.

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He told Colombian TV channel Win Sports: “Of course, this season has been very particular because the club have not been able to spend money and they have decided to use and lay hold of young players, giving them experience and confidence.

“If you have that context in mind, they have done well; they are fourth in the Premier League and there are many youth players with opportunities.”

Although Zola also understands that if you look at the broader picture, this has not been a great season since Chelsea have mostly been challenging for every trophy in the past 15 years.

“Obviously they have a lot to improve and they must fight to finish in top four in the Premier League,” he added.

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The Chelsea legend also answered a question about his experience as an assistant manager to Maurizio Sarri last season.

He explained that being a manager or an assistant at a club like Chelsea “is never easy, even when you win games”, because of the expectations.

Zola who is not directly involved in football at the moment also admitted there were difficult times, especially or Sarri and him as second-in-command.

“It was a very long season, but in the end we were very satisfied because we overcame the difficult moments and got a good result (winning the Europa League against Arsenal),” he added.

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