Maurizio Sarri wants the Stamford Bridge crowd to get behind the players for 90 minutes tomorrow night and only voice any displeasure they have after the game.
Brighton and Hove Albion are the visitors to west London for what is our first home fixture since 10 March, three-and-a-half weeks ago, and it is another crucial fixture in the race for a top-four spot.
After the travelling support at Cardiff on Sunday expressed their dissatisfaction with Sarri at various intervals, the boss urged our fans to focus elsewhere tomorrow.
‘They have to help the players during the match,’ he said.
‘After the match they can say everything, but during the match I hope they will be able to help my players.
‘We are a group, and at the moment I think we are a very good group. It’s not helpful for my players.
‘For me it’s not a problem. I know very well I’m 60, so I can understand, but when I was 25 probably it was different.
‘I am not happy of course, but I’m not concerned. It can happen. I can understand the frustrations of our fans, but in the end we are not doing so badly. We have won 33 matches this season. Only Man City have done better than us.’
Sarri also considered if the criticism he has received lately is unfair considering we are still in the hunt for a top-four place, are in the quarters of the Europa League, and reached the Carabao Cup final earlier this season.
‘I don’t know. Probably we started very well, so our fans thought everything was very easy for us. It wasn’t true. If you take a coach with my characteristics you have to work and improve day by day, week by week. In the future we will be able to fight for the top.
‘We have a lot of young players who can improve a lot in the future: Callum [Hudson-Odoi], Ruben [Loftus-Cheek], [Andreas] Christensen. If they are able to improve we will be able to improve as a team.’