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Sarri insists his first season at Chelsea has been a success

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri reckons his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge has been a success.

The Blues are currently battling it out for a place in the top four, and lost in the final of the Carabao Cup to Man City, while Sarri’s side are also set to play Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-final of the Europa League next week.

However, Sarri and his previously lauded style of play has proved hugely unpopular amongst the Chelsea faithful, with dissenting voices regularly being heard at both home and away games.

Despite speculation suggesting Sarri may be relieved of his duties at the end of the season, the Italian coach has defended his side’s performance and reckons they are progressing nicely.

“We played a final, we lost a final on penalties, we are in the semi-finals of the Europa League, and we are fighting for the top four,” Sarri told chelseafc.com.

“The season at the moment is good. Of course we have two very, very strong targets. We want the top four in the Premier League, and at the moment we want to go to the final of the Europa League. If we get to the final we want to win it.

“Of course it’s been a very difficult season. We have lost two or three matches in a very bad way, so the feeling sometimes is worse for this reason. But if you look at the season we are doing well I think. It’s only the first step. We need to improve more. We need to become competitive for the top. But the first step is good.”

Chelsea travel to Old Trafford tomorrow to face Manchester United in what will be a pivotal game in the race to finish in the top four this season.

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