Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has insisted he would never resign, despite enduring open hostility from many fans throughout their controversial 2-1 comeback win over Cardiff City on Sunday.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek nodded in Chelsea’s winner in the first minute of injury time, after Cesar Azpilicueta had cancelled out Victor Camarasa’s second-half strike.
The travelling Blues supporters chanted “F— Sarriball”, “We want Sarri out” and “You don’t know what you’re doing” afterwards.
After the match, Sarri told reporters: “I can understand it very well. I have been on the pitch for the last 45 years, so I know the reaction of the fans. I was really disappointed for my players, because they were fighting. Probably it was better to wait until the end of the match.
“But, for me, it’s not a big problem. Of course I can understand. Unfortunately, in the last period, I am getting used to this. Unfortunately. I have to work just in order to change their opinion.
“I think that we only need to win matches. If you win matches, the fans will be happy. Of course, we need to improve and play better. But sometimes, during the season, you need to win matches like this. We lost in Everton after our best first half of the season, playing very good football, but ended up losing the match.
“[Here] we started very badly but, in the end, we won. Probably with a bit of luck, but, for sure, there was a bit of unluckiness at Everton.”
Asked if supporter opposition could ever make him consider resigning, Sarri replied:
“No, no, I want to stay here. When I arrived here, this team, on the table, was 30 points behind Manchester City. They were fifth. So I want to stay here, I want to improve the results.
“But, of course, [I knew] it wasn’t a very easy [job]. Probably, at the moment, there is a difference between Manchester City, Liverpool and us. We can fight with the others, I think. We are trying to do it, but we have to work very well and, for a long time, if we want to arrive in the top two.”