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Barkley defends under-fire Chelsea coach Sarri

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Ross Barkley is confident that Chelsea will overcome their rough patch of form under Maurizio Sarri and become a success with time.

The pressure on Sarri has reached a boiling point lately on the back of Chelsea’s recent results in the Premer League, which has seen suffer heavy defeats to both Bournemouth and Manchester City in the past month.

Currently, the Blues are down in sixth-place in the standings and in danger of missing out on Champions League football for a second consecutive season.

Today’s Carabao Cup final against City at Wembley is being viewed as one of the three key games Sarri has left to convince the Chelsea board to stick with him amid reports they’ve grown increasingly concerned by the club’s struggles.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, the former Napoli coach lamented the fact that he must deliver right now while “lucky” City counterpart Pep Guardiola was given all the time he needed.

But Barkley is confident the team are adapting to Sarri’s footballing philosophy and urged the Chelsea board to give the Italian time.

“He [Sarri] tries to improve every player. Throughout his career, you can see at Napoli how well he did with the players he had, how well he improved them,” said Barkley, according to The Telegraph.

“You can see on the training pitch a lot of things improving in each individual. We went through a bit of an up and down spell in the last couple of weeks, but we’re confident we’ll come through it and achieve success.

“With each individual, everybody takes instructions in a different way. We’re all top-class players and we all want to learn more. With the manager, we’re learning on a day-to-day basis.

“If you compare Pep Guardiola’s first season, they went through a bit of an up and down spell. When I was at Everton, we beat Manchester City 4-0.

“The Premier League is the most competitive in the world. You can have an off day one day, a good game the other. It’s more repetition in training and results will come through.”

The 25-year-old added: “We’ve got the ambition to be one of the best footballing sides in the world. We’re one of the biggest clubs in the world. The style of play the manager wants to play it’s not where it’s at right now. Over time it will come.”

The English midfielder has managed five goals and assists in 36 appearances under Sarri at Chelsea this season.

The Carabao Cup final between City and Chelsea will begin at 5:30 PM (CET) at Wembley today.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 28: Ross Barkley of Chelsea celebrates scoring his teams second goal during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Chelsea FC at Turf Moor on October 28, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
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