Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has said he will stick with his brand of football despite recent criticism of his side’s style of play.

Having crafted his hugely entertaining and enterprising fooballing approach at Napoli, Sarri was expected to translate his methods into the west London club upon his arrival in the summer. An 18-game unbeaten start raised lofty expectations for Sarri’s side yet as the Blues’ performances took a dip, questions about the Italian’s preferred style of play have steadily loudened in recent months.

In the Stamford Bridge outfit’s limp FA Cup defeat against Manchester United, Chelsea fans hurled jeers and explicit abuse towards the ex-Napoli manager. Most recently, Blues supporters once again made their disapproval known in a league match against Cardiff even when the west Londoners came from behind to snatch victory.

Sarri has since said he understood the fan’s anger and frustration and has called on the Chelsea support to tone down criticism directed towards him during matches and instead get behind his players. However, he remains adamant regarding his method and approach and has blamed the west Londoners’ recent poor displays as a result of a short pre-season.

“At the moment we are not playing very well. We need to improve in playing our way of football,” said the Blues head coach.

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“We are trying to do this but it’s not easy, especially in the first season because we started to work only in the middle of July. At the beginning of August we played the first official match. Then we worked for a couple of weeks and then started to play every three days.”

“It is not easy for me to play my football. Will I change my philosophy? No, because I need to believe in what I do. Otherwise it is impossible to pass my ideas to the players.”