"From the first day he came to Chelsea, he said 'I am the best manager' so he invited pressure on himself," explained Zola. "He has to win things but I don't think he is worried about it. He likes pressure."
The Italian dismissed critics who claim Chelsea's style is too negative and taunts from rival fans that the club lacks history.
"The first year I came to Chelsea (in 1996), I played under Ruud Gullit and people said we were playing the best football," he said, speaking at the launch of Harrods' Sardinia exhibition. "Our style was very attractive but we were not winning. Now, they win and people still find something wrong. Yes, they could play better but I don't think it matters.