The Blues have confirmed the final makeup of Maurizio Sarri‘s coaching team.
Gianfranco Zola had already been announced by Chelsea with their ex-playmaker returning to the club in a popular move with fans.
His official title is the assistant first-team coach and he has now been allied by Luca Gotti, a 50-year-old Italian who has in the past worked in a similar position at Parma and most recently Bologna.
He worked as a manager prior to 2010 in his own right for some clubs including Treviso and Triestina, including a spell in charge of the Italy Under-17 team.
Gotti will share the same job title as Zola. Both coaches will work together with Marco Ianni, Sarri’s second assistant coach. He worked with the new Chelsea manager at Napoli where he became a trusted lieutenant.
After the assistant first-team coaches and the second assistant coach come the specialist coaches.
Ex- Chelsea goalkeeper Henrique Hilario will continue to work as a member of the backroom staff, although at a higher level after formerly working as an assistant goalkeeping coach.
He will now be one of two goalkeeping coaches. Massimo Nensi will be the other coach.
Another former Chelsea goalkeeper, Carlo Cudicini, has been maintained as an assistant to the head coach and club ambassador. His skills as a translator have already proven to be valuable to the Blues for both Antonio Conte and Sarri.
Following his work for the earlier regime, Paolo Bertelli will stay on as the fitness coach, with Davide Ranzato and Davide Losi working as assistant fitness coaches.
According to the Blues’ official website, Gianni Picchioni is to be the scout.
Sarri will take on Pep Guardiola’s Manc City in his first competitive game in charge as Chelsea contest the Community Shield at Wembley, the traditional curtain-raiser ahead of the first weekend of the new Premier League season.
He and his coaches have already been hard at work trying to bring the squad informed with the Italian’s ideas.