CHELSEA fans labelled Maurizio Sarri as “delusional” after he tried to blame them for the club’s poor run of form.
The under-fire Italian claimed the supporters chanting for him to be sacked during games is having a negative impact on his players.
Sarri endured constant abuse from Chelsea’s 3,000 away fans at Sunday’s last-gasp victory over Cardiff City.
Supporters chanted “f*** Sarri-ball” and “We want Sarri out” from the first whistle until the last.
After the match, he said: “I think [the fans] have to help the players during the match.
“After, they can say anything. But during, I hope they can help my players.
“I think we are a group and, at the moment, I think we are a good group, so it’s not helpful for my players.
“For me, it isn’t a problem. I am 60, so I can understand. But when I was 25, it was probably different.”
‘YOU ARE DELUSIONAL’
But this just appeared to give Chelsea’s disgruntled fans another reason to turn against the Italian.
Speaking on Reddit, one fan threatened: “Sarri picking a fight with the fans will not end well for him.”
Another questioned: “So what should these fans who are fed up of what’s going on do? Just cheer their hearts out then go home and hope things pick up and change?”
While one said: “If you think anyone is chanting ‘Sarri Out’ because we are not winning the league this year, you are delusional to the actual problems on the pitch.”
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Sarri admitted that the protests do not have an impact on him, but claimed he is concerned for his players.
The 60-year-old said: “I am not happy, but I am not concerned. I can understand very well the frustrations, but we are not doing so badly.
“We have won 33 games I think, in England, only Manchester City have done better than us.”