Chelsea struggled to come from behind and beat Cardiff City 2-1 away at the Cardiff City Stadium in controversial circumstance.
Chelsea were poor in the first-half and didn’t get a shot on target in the first period and barely tested the Cardiff goalkeeper until late in the game, despite having a bulk share of possession.
Fans have become disillusioned with Maurizio Sarri’s football and even before the game reached half-time, Chelsea fans were tired of what they had seen and there were chants of “f**k Sarri-ball” and “we want Sarri out” from the fans as the Blues put in another slow and uninspired performance.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s home game against Brighton, Sarri insists he can cope with the abuse he has been subjected to by his own fans but has warned the fans that he fears his players are at risk of being negatively affected by such chants.
“I am not happy but I am not concerned,” he said at this pre-match press conference.
“I can understand very well the frustrations but we are not doing so badly. We have won 33 games and I think in England only Man City did better than us.
“I think that they [the fans] have to help the players, during the match. After they can say anything but during I hope they can help my players.
“I think we are a group and at the moment I think we are a good group so I think that it’s not helpful for my players. For me it isn’t a problem, I am 60 so I can understand but when I was 25 it was probably different.
“I like to stay on the pitch. I enjoy during the training of course. As I said before I am not happy but can understand, it’s normal I think. We need to improve, play better and want to try change their opinion.”
Chelsea ended beating Cardiff after Victor Camarasa scored a 46th minute goal to give Cardiff an early second-half goal, as late goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek gave Chelsea the win.