Chelsea experience still benefits Swansea City coach Gabriele Ambrosetti
8th April 2016
Gabriele Ambrosetti will reunite with the club that gave him his Premier League adventure this weekend, insisting he's still benefiting from his Chelsea experience.
Ambrosetti, now working under head coach Francesco Guidolin on the Swans coaching staff, is no stranger to Saturday's opponents at the Liberty.
The Italian impressed Chelsea enough during a Cup Winners Cup semi-final in 1998 that the London club signed him the following season from Vicenza.
At Stamford Bridge the winger would play alongside the likes of Didier Deschamps, Marcel Desailly, Roberto Di Matteo, Gianfranco Zola, Gus Poyet and Franck Leboeuf.
He can also recall a young John Terry making his first big impressions at the Blues.
And ahead of Chelsea's visit to SA1 this Saturday, Ambrosetti revealed he's still making use of his time spent in the capital.
"I was very excited to move to Chelsea and the Premier League," said Ambrosetti, who left Chelsea in 2003.
"Training and playing with the likes of Deschamps, Di Matteo, Zola, Dennis Wise - great players - was fantastic for me.
"It was a great experience at Chelsea. I was in a foreign country with a different language, different lifestyle and culture.
"Even playing music in the changing room. In Italy, that didn't happen, but in the Premier League it is almost a rule that you play music in the changing room.
"The experience I had there helps me now."
Ambrosetti returned to the Premier League with the Swans in January after he reunited with Guidolin, for whom he played under while at Vicenza.
And the 42-year-old is enjoying his new adventure - both on and off the pitch.
"I am very happy here and comfortable in both a professional and personal way," added Ambrosetti.
"I don't see this as my job because football is my passion.
"I've really enjoyed everything here at Swansea and I'm happy to be working in the Premier League.
"I don't think the Premier League has changed that much since I played in it. The professionalism remains the same, as does the quality of the players and the fantastic atmosphere created by the supporters.
"It will be nice to welcome Chelsea here. I think only John Terry is at the club from the time when I played there.
"I am surprised with how things have gone for Chelsea this season because they have the majority of players that won the league last year.
"But that's football. Things can change within a very short amount of time - just look at Leicester.
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