Hasselbaink backs Sarri at Chelsea

PETERBOROUGH, ENGLAND - APRIL 02: Northampton Town manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink during the Sky Bet League One match between Peterborough United and Northampton Town at ABAX Stadium on April 2, 2018 in Peterborough, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
PETERBOROUGH, ENGLAND - APRIL 02: Northampton Town manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink during the Sky Bet League One match between Peterborough United and Northampton Town at ABAX Stadium on April 2, 2018 in Peterborough, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

The former Chelsea footballer believes Maurizio Sarri can still do well in the English Premier League.

Chelsea started the 2018-2019 English Premier League season with a bang, winning 12 consecutive matches.

But then they fell into a slump, and have struggled recently to pick up points.

The Blues are currently in the fourth position of the standings with 50 points, seven behind third-place Tottenham Hotspur and 12 behind second and first place, Liverpool and Manchester City respectively.

And for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, a former Chelsea striker, boss Maurizio Sarri can still lead the team to greatness.

“I think the criticism is a little unfair towards him, he had a really good start to the season,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports News.

“You need to give him the time, it’s only six or seven months that he’s been in the building, so you need to give him the time and you need to give him the trust.”

“He’s put Kante in a different position because he sees that position in a different way and that’s where it (the criticism) started,” he added.

“Whatever you say, Kante’s the best defensive midfield player at winning the ball back, so that has raised eyebrows.”

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The ex-Netherlands international played for Chelsea from 2000 to 2004, scoring 70 goals in 136 matches.

He also played for Telstar, AZ, Campomaiorense, Boavista, Leeds United, Atletico Madrid, Middlesbrough, Charlton Athletic, and Cardiff City.

And now he’s a coach, having managed Royal Antwerp, Burton Albion, Queens Park Rangers, and Northampton Town.

“He believes in playing football in a certain way and that is dominating the ball in possession,” the 46-year-old continued talking about Sarri.

“That’s how he believes Chelsea is eventually going to win titles and cups.”