For Chelsea recovery from poor performance, Cesar Azpilicueta is calling for all Chelsea lovers to unite after fans demanded the sacking of coach Maurizio Sarri. Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek goals rescued Chelsea on Sunday and kept them hoping to hit a top-four Premier League finish.
But the 2-1 conclusion couldn’t mask a poor Chelsea performance, which was why the club supporters vent their frustration on Sarri and demanded the Italian manager be sacked. Fans are looking forward to a recovery — a working Chelsea.
Sarri said he understood the anger of the fans and why they reacted the way they did, but added that “it was probably best for them to wait until the end of the match”.
Sarri had triggered the anger of Chelsea fans before kick off by benching Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante and failing to give exciting England youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi his first Premier League start, which is obviously not a pointer to Chelsea recovery.
Chelsea host Brighton on Wednesday and skipper 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, so we can recover.”
Azpilicueta‘s first goal in almost a year was mired in controversy as he was clearly in an offside position when he diverted home Marcos Alonso’s flick-on.
The Spaniard admitted Chelsea had benefited from a huge slice of fortune and accepted the side must improve during the final weeks of the season to secure a Champions League place.
“We showed great spirit, we didn’t give up, and in the last 10 minutes we turned it around. We got the three points but we have to look at ourselves, and if we want to achieve our targets we have to improve, recovery is possible. 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.” Azpilicueta said.