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Recent defeats haven’t helped Maurizio Sarri as the Blues have endured a torrid start to 2019.

Heavy defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester United have mounted pressure on the Chelsea manager, and rumours claim his job at Stamford Bridge isn’t safe anymore.

Since the humiliating 6-0 defeat against Manchester City which followed a series of embarrassing losses away from home, Sarri’s style of play has been called into question by fans and pundits.

Sarri’s insistence on playing Jorginho deep in midfield and N’Golo Kante high up the pitch has been criticised by the press, but Sarri remains adamant that the system will work.

Sarri-ball has also been slammed by journalists as Chelsea tend to hold on to the ball but struggle to create chances.

Ahead of Monday’s clash against Manchester United, Chelsea defender David Luiz has now denied speculation the players have lost faith in the manager and the way he wants to play.

Sarri held a meeting with the players after the defeat to Bournemouth and the Italian vented his frustration at the players after the defeat to City.

Luiz has revealed that the players are happy to play Sarri-ball and that in the meeting with the Chelsea manager, no one spoke against the manager’s style of play.

When asked if the squad still believe in Sarri’s philosophy, the Brazilian said: “Yes, because we have had many meetings already asking if someone doesn’t believe, they can say. But nobody said anything. It’s because everyone believes.

“Do we believe there is still a good future with this manager? Yes, an amazing future.

“I have played in big clubs for many, many years. When you win it is good, but when you lose nobody is going to be happy and the pressure is going to be there.

“We are working together and we work for them [the fans]. We will try to make them happy and we will do everything we can to try to make them happy.

“You have to have motivation already when you play for a big club. If you don’t have motivation to play for a big club, you cannot play.

“It was a tough game for us against Manchester City, we lost but we have to keep going, carry on because we have many games to come.”

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