Cesar Azpilicueta has called for unity at Chelsea after fans demanded the sacking of manager Maurizio Sarri during their comeback win at Cardiff .
Late goals from Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus – Cheek rescued Chelsea on Sunday and kept alive their hopes of a top -four Premier League finish .
But the dramatic conclusion could not mask a poor Chelsea display , which saw disgruntled supporters vent their frustration at Sarri and call for the Italian to be dismissed .
Sarri said he understood the reaction of the fans following another limp away performance, before adding after the 2 – 1 victory that “ it was probably best for them to wait until the end of the match ” .
Sarri had enraged Chelsea fans before kick – off by dropping Eden Hazard and N ’ Golo Kante to the bench and failing to give exciting England youngster Callum Hudson – Odoi his first Premier League start .
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 . ”
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 , ” 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 . ”