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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is under intense pressure following the 2-0 loss at Everton before the international break.

The loss at Everton has put Chelsea’s chances of finishing in the top four in doubt with Chelsea four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with just eight games left to play.

Chelsea’s best chance of Champions League qualification could come via winning the Europa League after the Blues were handed a favourable route to the Europa League final during the Europa League draw. Chelsea face Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals and potentially the winner of Benfica vs Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four.

Despite the struggles of Sarri at Chelsea, midfielder Mateo Kovacic has praised the Italian’s great personality of always having football on his mind.

Kovacic told Chelsea TV: “When players are used to playing other football and then to come here and change everything, it’s difficult.

“But he has his football in his mind and that’s a great personality. He just wants to play his football and that’s what we’re trying to do and trying to win a trophy.

“Because in the end the most important thing is to win trophies but the players know it. The players are used to winning trophies and I’m sure we will have a great year this season.”

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

Asked if he likes Sarri, Leboeuf 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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