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Sarri backs Chelsea to be title contenders

3rd April 2019, 02:34 by Michael Holland

Maurizio Sarri believes he can transform Chelsea into future Premier League title contenders if he is given time.

The under-fire Blues head coach has endured a difficult first season in English football and was subjected to chants of "we want Sarri out" from unhappy travelling supporters at Cardiff on Sunday.

Sarri's possession-based style of play - dubbed 'Sarri-ball' - has not proved popular at Stamford Bridge but he feels his players are struggling to implement it, rather than there being flaws in his tactics.

He has no intention of ditching the game plan and, given time, is confident he can win around the fanbase and bring success back to the six-time English champions.

"I know only one way (of satisfying supporters) - we have to win matches. We have to try to win a trophy. I know only this way," he said.

"I think that, in the future, we will be able to fight for the top. At the moment, we are not playing our football very well.

"We need to improve playing our way of football. So we are trying to do this, but it's not easy.

"It's not easy, especially in the first season because we started to work only in the middle of July. At the beginning of August, we played the first official match."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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