Cesar Azpilicueta has called for Chelsea unity after fans demanded manager Maurizio Sarri be sacked during Chelsea’s comeback win at Cardiff.
Late goals from Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek helped secure a win at Cardiff and keep our alive our hopes of a top four finish but the win couldn’t mask what was a poor Chelsea display against Cardiff.
Azpilicueta said: “We have to give the fans what they expect and the bad moments are when we all need to be together.
“We are not happy with the way we are playing and we have lost a lot of points, especially away from home.
“We are all in the same boat and will push in the same direction.
“I know the fans want us to win, and when the results are not there, we are all responsible.
“They showed their thoughts but our job is to keep working hard.”
Azpilicueta admitted Chelsea’s performance must improve if the Blues must achieve our target of finishing in the top four.
“We showed great spirit, we didn’t give up, and in the last 10 minutes we turned it around,” Azpilicueta said.
“We got the three points but we have to look at ourselves, and if we want to achieve our targets we have to improve.
“On Wednesday from the first minute, we have to create a good atmosphere on the pitch.
“I know the fans will be behind us, but we have to give them what they want – fighting spirit, great football, and scoring goals.
“That’s what we both want and we have to pull in the same direction.”
Meanwhile, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed what Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri told him before he came on and scored the winner against Cardiff.
“The boss said to me when I came on to tell Ross [Barkley] to sit a bit more, and try and get in the box as much as I can,” Loftus-Cheek said. “I did that.
“I had a feeling we were going to get chances, and I said to myself to get in the box and hopefully one would arrive.
“I was just focused on the ball and tried to attack the ball. I got a little bit of a shoulder drop in there and managed to get in front of him. I didn’t see it all the way, I closed my eyes, but it ended up in the net so all good!”