Mauricio Pochettino has pleaded with the fans to keep faith in the side after Chelsea were booed off at the end of Sunday’s 4-2 defeat to Wolves.
The Argentinian, who apologised for the manner in which his team capitulated after taking the lead in the first half at Stamford Bridge, said his young side need backing if they are to turn around what until now has been another woeful Premier League season.
The Blues are 11th after losing to Gary O’Neil’s side, with 10 defeats from their 23 league games. Supporters responded by singing the name of former owner Roman Abramovich, and jeered Pochettino and his team off the field at half-time and again at the final whistle.
“We apologise to the fans,” said Pochettino. “The perception is one thing, another is the reality. The perception is Chelsea should be in a different position, but for different circumstances we are not there. Maybe because we are not good enough. But what can we do?
“The most important thing now is to feel the responsibility. We need to accept that is the organisation and of course the players that we have. To understand the fans is really important. We want to apologise and feel sorry. We are disappointed like them, but until the end we need to fight all together. If we want good results in the future, we need to stay together. During 90 minutes, we need to try to work together.
“With the capacity, the fans will be right to criticise and be angry if the performance is not good. But it’s important (to remember) the players are young. They need support.”