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Sarri brushes off fans anger

1st April 2019, 05:48 by Michael Holland

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri brushed off calls for him to be axed as they fought back to beat Cardiff in controversial circumstances.

The Blues were 1-0 down with six minutes left when Cesar Azpilicueta, who was standing two yards offside, met Marcos Alonso's flick-on to head home the equaliser.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek punished Cardiff further in stoppage time, leaving Cardiff to count the cost of assistant referee Eddie Smart's failure to spot that Azpilicueta was clearly offside.

Chelsea's win took them to within one point of fourth-placed Manchester United and kept alive their hopes of a Champions League spot.

But manager Sarri, who left star forward Eden Hazard on the bench until the 53rd minute, was a target for the travelling supporters during the second half.

The Chelsea fans sang 'we want Sarri out' and 'you don't know what you're doing' before the late goals.

"I don't want to answer, but I can understand the reaction of the fans," Sarri said. "But it was probably best for them to wait until the end of the match.I am getting used to this and for me, it's not a big problem.

"I just have to work to change their opinion. If I win matches, then the fans will be happy.

"We were lucky with the first goal. But I think we deserved to win and, sometimes during a season, you need to win matches like this."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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