Defender Kalidou Koulibaly recently picked Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink against Gianfranco Zola in his all-time Chelsea XI from the Premier League era.
Koulibaly was joined by Raheem Sterling, Marc Cucurella and Conor Gallagher as they picked the all-time Blues XI (via football.london). The team should only consist of players from the Premier League era, with the exception of current Chelsea players.
They eventually settled on a 4-4-2 formation and easily picked up early names like John Terry, Petr Cech and Branislav Ivanovic. One point of debate, however, was the choice of strike partner for Didier Drogba.
Gallagher and Sterling discussed it before naming Zola as their choice. However, Koulibaly threw another name into the mix. Sterling asked the centre-back if he had seen Zola play and he replied:
After being corrected for England winger saying Zola instead of Hasselbaink, Koulibaly said:
“Oh, Zola, I was thinking of Hasselbaink for talking to him about it [Cucurella]. I know Zola. He’s from Napoli, he’s the third to come to Chelsea from Napoli. Zola, Jorginho and me. It’s normal that I know him.”
“You’re going to get me in trouble now. I didn’t see Zola because I was a baby, but I remember Hasselbaink because of my brother.
“He only looked at Chelsea because of him because he was a great striker and he said to me, ‘Look, look at that striker’ so I took Hasselbaink I think because I saw him play.”
Sterling then refuted, saying:
“Zola was a goalscorer and a creator, Hasselbaink was just a goalscorer. It’s a different comparison.”
Sterling, Gallagher and Cucurella voted for their team at Zola as the final team, in a 4-4-2 formation, read:
Petr Chech; John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ricardo Carvalho, Ashley Cole; Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard, Claude Makelele, Joe Cole; Didier Drogba, Gianfranco Zola
Zola played 306 games for the Blues, recording 76 goals and 23 assists. He was known for his free-kick skills and all-around play.
Hasselbaink, on the other hand, has scored 87 goals and provided 23 assists in 177 games for the club.
Who will Chelsea play next?
Chelsea are currently seventh in the Premier League table and bottom of the UEFA Champions League group.
They next take on Crystal Palace in Graham Potter’s first Premier League game as Blues manager on Saturday 1 October.
They will then host AC Milan in the Champions League on October 5 before hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers in the league on October 8.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/news-you-re-gonna-put-trouble-now-kalidou-koulibaly-makes-controversial-choice-involving-club-legend-chelsea-stars-pick-blues-all-time-xi?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “You’re gonna put me in trouble now” – Kalidou Koulibaly makes controversial choice involving club legend as Chelsea stars pick Blues’ all-time XI