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Maurizio Sarri has endured a frustrating first season at the club following his move to Stamford Bridge from Italy last year.

Sarri left his job at Napoli to move to the Premier League, amidst hype of Sarri-ball that he’ll bring to Stamford Bridge.

The former Napoli boss started out well in England and his style of play caught admiration, but Chelsea have struggled badly since the turn of the year, and there have been calls for Sarri to be sacked.

Chelsea have slipped out of the top four and the Blues face a difficult task to reach the Champions League next season, with the Europa League proving to be best route for Chelsea.

Sarri’s job has been under pressure since the heavy defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City, and some Chelsea fans have become disillusioned with the Italian’s rigid management.

However, former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has asked that Sarri be granted one more year, no matter what happens to Chelsea this season.

Leboeuf was asked if he likes Sarri, and he told ESPN FC: “Yes I do, I do.

“I think it’s been a difficult season for him, I think for some players as well we are at the end of a cycle so maybe some players need to go to be replaced with others who can prove that they deserve to go Chelsea football club.

“And I think that when you take a decision, you have to make sure that you will stick to that one and give another chance, another season for the coach that you decided to buy.

“He wasn’t very efficient for the first year, but what he did with Naples was quite amazing so he may be able to do it with a second year if you think he will be able to.”

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