Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud insists the players are fully behind Chelsea boss Antonio Conte following Chelsea’s humiliating 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday.
Chelsea sit fifth in the table following back-to-back defeats against Manchester United and Manchester City and seriously risk missing out on the Champions League spots.
Asked if the players are behind Conte, Giroud said: “Of course, of course [we are behind Conte]. I don’t even question myself about that. So, it is not a crisis. We played United away and City away. Obviously, we could have done better but these are not small games.
“We are not happy with that. It is not the day and the moment to question whether we are behind the boss or not. Obviously we are behind him and together.
“It is not a good weekend for us because our opponents won but we still have nine games to go. We will believe until the end. Keep the faith and some top teams will play against each other.
“You never know, we need to keep the focus on this and win the next game. Go step-by-step. We need momentum to reach this fourth place. Obviously we knew Man City is on a good run.
“They play with a lot of confidence and they’ve got one of the best teams in Europe. We still felt like we should have maybe been more focused when we came back from half-time. It is a shame to concede a goal in this period. It is painful.
“We just tried to score at the end of the game. We tried and tried but they did great pressing. At the end of the day, it is 1-0, it is not 5-0. We could have had some situations at the end but it was too late. Yes, we are very disappointed today.
“Not everything is thrown away. We will rest and come back stronger and try to bounce back as soon as possible against Crystal Palace.”