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No need for Chelsea to panic, says Hasselbaink

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Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has called for calm despite their 3-1 “spanking” by Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday.

Spurs battered Chelsea in a 3-1 defeat to jump into third place in the Premier League table as Maurizio Sarri lost his unbeaten run, but Hasselbaink says it wouldn’t be wise to read too much into the result.

“Let’s not forget they’ve played 12 games and that’s the first game they’ve lost,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports News.

“Yes, they didn’t play well in the two previous games but this is the first game they’ve lost.

“There is no need to panic, this was always going to happen. It’s just a pity that it happened against Tottenham and that Tottenham played that well.

“But there are no issues, there is no problem whatsoever. Sarri has come in and changed it totally, it is a process.”

Chelsea will try to get back to winning ways with two successive home games; a Europa League game against PAOK on Thursday and a Premier League game against Fulham on Sunday.

“They need to get back on track, they’ve had a spanking and they need to win against PAOK,” Hasselbaink added.

“Obviously he’s going to rest a few players in that game, it’s what he has done previously. Then they play Fulham at home who have got a new manager, a manager who knows Stamford Bridge really well.

“That will be a tricky match, it’s a derby, so he needs to get three points there and start building from that.

“It’s as simple as that. Forget about Manchester City because that is still three games away.

“It’s PAOK, it’s Fulham and getting the confidence and those fundamentals back in their game that were so good in the previous games.”