Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s stoppage-time winner sealed a dramatic, late turnaround for Chelsea at Cardiff City.
Despite Blues fans turned on Maurizio Sarri with chants of ‘you don’t know what you are doing’ before calling for his head, the Italian has ruled out the chance of resigning.
In his post-match press conference, Sarri said: “I want to stay here. When I arrived here the team in the table were 30 points behind City, fifth and I want to stay here and improve the results. It wasn’t easy to work. There is a difference between City, Liverpool and us. We are fighting and trying, we have to work very well.”
The Italian doesn’t think that he did wrong team selection for the game.
“I cannot think that Kante, Hazard can play 70 matches in a season. Kante has played 50 or 51, Hazard 48 with today and in the last period played two matches with the national team. Probably in the season you have to rest. At the end we were lucky as we got three points, it is important for us to have them in a good physical condition,” said Sarri.
“I know very well Kante and Hazard are important players for us, I know they cannot play 70 or 75 matches in the season. You have to decide. It is not easy. You have to choose the right moment. You have to decide.”
Sarri insists he didn’t have a disagreement with Nail Warnock: “No, he told me about the referee decision, not with me at all. I understand the situation, they are fighting and were winning and I understand him.”
On a goal scored by Cesar Azpilicueta, Sarri said: “I have not seen it, but Neil said he was sure for offside two yards. I have to believe him.”
Sarri doesn’t know can he turn around fans or not: ” If you win then the fans will be happy. We need to be better and you need to win matches like this. We lost in Everton and played some good football. Today we started badly but in the end we won, with a bit of luck. But at Everton there was unlucky moments.”
The Italian also refused to answer to the chants: “I don’t want to answer because I can understand very well. I have been on the pitch for the last 45 years. I was really disappointed with my players because they were fighting. Maybe it was better to wait until the end of the match. I can understand. Unfortunately I am getting used to this. I need to work in order to change their opinion. ”
Chelsea boss is confident, his side deserved to win: “We were lucky because in the first half we didn’t play very well. In the last period we conceded a goal similar to Everton. Today we were able to react better. At the end I think that we deserved to win.”