Chelsea legend, Gianfranco Zola has revealed the club’s biggest ‘problem’ under their manager, Mauricio Pochettino this season.
Chelsea have made a poor start this season, collecting just five points from their opening six fixtures.
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Pochettino oversaw around £400million of spending last summer, which took the club’s spending under co-owner Todd Boehly to around £1.1billion.
However, Zola believes it is the spending that has caused the major problem at the Blues as supporters have no affinity with the new wave of players at Stamford Bridge.
“The supporters don’t identify with these players yet,” Zola told the Times.
“There are a lot of new players, young ones, and they are not fulfilling the expectations of the supporters and that is creating, let’s say dissatisfaction.
“When you invest so much money and you bring in so many new players the risk is you don’t form a group because it is difficult. The players have to create a bond. It takes time.
“I hope the supporters understand the expectation level can’t be like it was four or five years ago. This is not the same team now. This team is forming itself. That is the problem at the moment,” he added.