- Ceasar Azpilicueta has appealed to Chelsea fans to unite after unconvincing win at Cardiff
- The Blues narrowly nipped in a 2-1 win against Cardiff City scoring the two late goals
- Chelsea are still on course for a top four Premier League finish as they close the gap on Spurs
Cesar Azipilicueta has called unity after Chelsea fans calling for Maurizio Sarri's sack during their 2-1 win over Cardiff City.
Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored as the Blues kept alive their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish.
Chelsea supporters vented their frustration at Sarri and called for the former Napoli boss to be dismissed.
The Italian manager said he understood the reaction of the fans following the poor performance, before adding after the 2-1 victory that "it was probably best for them to wait until the end of the match".
Sarri got fans angry when he dropped Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante to the bench and failing to give rising England youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi for 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."
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The Chelsea captain scored his first goal in almost in a year which was clearly offside after diverting home a Marcos Alonso's flick.
Azipilicueta accepted Sarri's 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.
"That's what we both want and we have to pull in the same direction."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Gonzalo Higuain he announced his retirement from international football with his country Argentina.
The Chelsea loanee has made 75 appearances for the Albiceleste scoring 31 goals but has not played since their ouster at the 2018 World Cup.