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Saturday 24 August 2019

Sarri does great job says Luiz

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri. Photo: Steven Paston/PA Wire.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri. Photo: Steven Paston/PA Wire.

David Luiz has backed under-pressure Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, insisting the Italian is doing an amazing job.

Sarri has come in for heavy criticism this season with fans unhappy at his style of play, while a spectacular downturn in results saw them fall off the title pace.

They were neck-and-neck with Manchester City and Liverpool for the first couple of months but went on to suffer a 4-0 defeat by Bournemouth and a 6-0 drubbing at Manchester City.

Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga's refusal to be substituted in the League Cup final penalty shoot-out defeat by City looked likely to spell the end for Sarri.

Recovered

However, Chelsea recovered to finish third and have the chance to end a topsy-turvy campaign with some silverware in Wednesday's Europa League final against Arsenal.

Defender Luiz feels Sarri should take enormous credit for his first season.

"I think he is doing amazing, he is doing a great season," said the Brazilian.

"We started very well, everyone was very excited saying Chelsea are going to fight for the title.

"Then we had some ups and downs but we finished the season, especially in the Premier League, very well and have an opportunity to win this competition."

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