CARDIFF, March 31: Maurizio Sarri rode his luck as Chelsea narrowly avoided humiliation at Cardiff to hit back and snatch a controversial 2-1 win on Sunday.
Blues boss Sarri was on the brink of a loss that would have pushed him closer to the sack after Victor Camarasa swept struggling Cardiff ahead early in the second half.
Chelsea’s travelling fans had made their feelings clear as they chanted “We want Sarri out” in the second half.
But Sarri’s luck was in as Cesar Azpilicueta headed Chelsea’s equaliser even though clearly offside with just six minutes left.
Chelsea’s fightback got another boost when Antonio Rudiger escaped a red card when he hauled down Kenneth Zohore.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek capped Chelsea’s sorely-needed escape act with a last-gasp winner.
The result keeps sixth placed Chelsea in contention for a top-four finish in the Premier League, leaving them just one point behind fourth as Sarri battles to salvage a wretched first season in charge.
Cardiff remain third bottom, with boss Neil Warnock visibly furious at the decisions that pushed his team closer to relegation.
The pressure on Sarri will reduce a little with this victory, but the performance was so unconvincing that it would be no surprise
if Wednesday’s clash with Brighton is another close affair for the former Napoli boss. (AFP)