The Chelsea legend has been speaking about why the Pensioners have been struggling under Jose Mourinho this season.
Gianfranco Zola has offered up an honest assessment of the problems Chelsea have experienced in the Premier League so far this season, with the likes of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard singled out for moderate criticism.
The Blues legend was speaking in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com and though he admitted there was no 'one compelling reason' for the club's current plight, Zola did offer up some reasoning as to why Chelsea have struggled so badly.
Mourinho's men are languishing in 16th place in the top-flight standings, three points above the drop zone and with seven defeats suffered already in just 12 games.
“The poor form of key offensive players Eden Hazard and Diego Costa has not helped,” said Zola.
“Defensively as well the team dropped the standards set last year. So the players have lost confidence as a group and this has led to poor results.”
Despite this downbeat assessment of the Stamford Bridge side, the Italian remained optimistic about the rest of the season to come.
“The club has it in them to turn around their fortunes,” he said.
Zola is currently managing Al Arabi in the Qatar Stars League, having most recently been in charge of Italian side Cagliari.
A Chelsea club legend with over 300 appearances to his name, the Italian's comments could come as a surprise to some fans, considering the deep affinity the forward has with the Pensioners.