​​Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola believes that head coach Maurizio Sarri needs to be given more time by the club management, following the Blues inconsistent performances under their new manager this season.

The Blues have lost three of last four games, one which also included a 6-0 hammering at the hands of defending champions Manchester City, which has led to questions regarding Sarri’s future at the club.

Zola who is a legend at Stamford Bridge, believes that the Italian needs to be given time to implement his style of play, pointing out to how Pep Guardiola took a whole year to get his side playing according to his philosophy.

“Two years ago, you were probably asking the same questions to Pep Guardiola. You were asking if he’d keep playing from the back all the time. He said this was not in discussion and is part of my game, even in the difficult moments,” Zola said as quoted by ​ESPN.

“Maybe he adapted. He has improved a lot in that, because he got his team defending better and pressing better, attacking better. He has adjusted something but not the way he saw football. You admire what Pep has done. Certainly he’s a good inspiration. Not everything comes together straight away.”

Their poor form over the past four games has seen them slip to sixth place in the Premier League table, with 50 points from 26 games, level on points with Arsenal. The Blues will next be seen in action when they host Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday, the 18th of February.

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