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Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri has rallied fans to back manager Maurizio Sarri as the players work to improve their performances this season.

A section of the Chelsea fans have been calling for him to start in place of Marcos Alonso after the Spaniard's dismal performances this season. The Brazilian joined Chelsea last year in the January transfer window and celebrated his one year anniversary with the club last month. The 24-year-old made his professional breakthrough at Santos, the Brazilian side where Pele, Robinho, and Neymar made some of their first steps in the senior game.

Palmieri believes that the club is headed the right direction and they still have a lot of games to turn things around, "We have a lot of important games during this month still, so we need to focused on responding in the best possible way to each game. I'm sure we're going in the right direction, and even though we have a final to play, we need to think game by game.

"I did my best on both offensive and defensive functions, and I'm happy that I was able to help the team come out with the victory and a good advantage for the second game at home."