Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has once again defended his tactics following the 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, insisting that the Blues struggled against their opponents defensive style.
The Italian global was substituted with 18 minutes left to play and was greeted with cheers at Stamford Bridge by fans who do not seem to like him.
David Luiz has emphasised Chelsea's belief in Maurizio Sarri's philosophy, saying a top-four finish and Europa League title would mark a successful season.
Tottenham's surprise defeat to Southampton on Saturday, coupled with recent setbacks for Arsenal and Manchester United, created a situation where Chelsea could have ended Sunday back in fourth place with a win. We need to move the ball faster.
"We needed to move faster, without the ball and in the space behind the line". You know, I had many opportunities to leave and I chose to stay to make my own story and win the Champions League here. We played with five touches, that is hard to score.
"He is able to play it one-touch, but you need movement from the other players".
"We were unlucky because we conceded a goal in the first situation inside our box - the first and the last in all the 90 minutes". Then Hudson-Odoi because it was impossible to change our match, so it was really very important to have a player very able in one against one.
"But, on the other hand, we need to improve with our attacking".
"The players are a bit sad because we probably could do better".
He said: "For the first time we were playing against a team that didn't want to play".
When asked about the crowd's obvious cheers when Jorginho was about to be substituted, Sarri replied: "He is a very strong character and a professional player". It wasn't easy as the problem wasn't the system, but the way that we were playing.
"Hazard is a great player who can solve the situation in any moment, but during the match he was like the other players".
"In the last minutes we were losing so we have to accept the result".