‘I knew I was going to have hard time’: Kolidou Koulibaly on joining Chelsea

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Kolidou Koulibaly who joined Chelsea from Napoli this summer revealed that two Chelsea legends told him that he could find it difficult to adapt Premier League.

The Senegal international joined Chelsea to replace Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen last summer. Koulibaly enjoyed a couple of months at Chelsea and has adapted well to the Premier league. However, on Saturday Chelsea lost 4-1 to Brighton in which Koulibaly was sent off after getting booked twice.

The 31-years old was a starter under Thomas Tuchel, but after coming under Graham Potter things have changed a bit. He picked up an injury that made him unavailable for three matches. He could be available for the champions league fixture against Dinamo Zagreb.

Koulibaly speaks on the struggle he knew he could face

The Senegal international has revealed that two Chelsea told him that it would not be an easy transition from Serie A to Premier league. It would take him some time to adapt. He said (via Corriere della Sera) : ‘The beauty of football is also this, I arrive with a coach who wanted me at all costs and then he leaves,’

‘Both Tuchel and Potter play with the three-man defence. At Napoli I was used to playing with a four-man backline. It’s another arrow that I put in my bow, you never stop learning.

‘I knew I was going to have a hard time, and it has been this way. Even Zola, Drogba had anticipated it would be and told me.’

Koulibaly told that he has no regrets after leaving Naples but he still admires his old club and city.

‘I believe in destiny. My period was over, I had given everything. From the point of view of emotions it changes little. I feel every goal, every victory, as if I lived them first hand.

,He added

‘This Naples is my Naples. I am happy to have contributed to the growth of the team. Do you know what I’m talking about in the Chelsea locker room? Of the victories of my former teammates. And do you know why? I’m proud of it. I often hear Anguissa, Osimhen. I have also exchanged messages with Kvara, whom I don’t know yet.’

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