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Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been unfairly criticised this season. According to the former Chelsea striker, Sarri needs to be given time and trust.

After his appointment in July, Sarri became the first manager in the Premier League to go unbeaten in his opening 12 matches but results have been inconsistent ever since, with the Blues now 12 points behind leaders Manchester City and fourth in the Premier League table.

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

“He has put Kante in a different position because he sees that position in a different way and that is where it [the criticism] started. Whatever you say, Kante is the best defensive midfield player at winning the ball back, so that has raised eyebrows.

“He believes in his way. He believes in playing football in a certain way and that is dominating the ball in possession. That is how he believes Chelsea is eventually going to win titles and cups.

“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.”

Chelsea lost 4-0 away at Bournemouth before beating Huddersfield 5-0 at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

Hasselbaink admits Chelsea have been inconsistent and have urged the players to be consistent in winning games again.

“At the moment they are really inconsistent and they need to get that consistency of winning games again,” he added.

“They are going through a bad spell and nobody would have thought they would have lost against Bournemouth in that way. It’s a difficult moment for Chelsea when they are playing away and still having that style of play.

“They are making chances but they are not scoring the goals and hopefully that can change now with Higuain. Can they now go to the next level? That is the question.”

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