The supporters of most teams would be happy if their team won away from home to continue their fight for a Champions League spot, especially if they came from behind to do so.
But Chelsea are not most teams, and Maurizio Sarri is no ordinary manager. Already deeply unpopular with the fans at Stamford Bridge, Sarri infuriated the travelling support at Cardiff on Sunday by choosing to leave the team’s two best players, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kanté on the bench. Meanwhile, yet again Callum Hudson-Odoi was only named as a substitute, despite being good enough to play for his country against Montenegro last week.
Booed throughout the match by their own fans, Chelsea were deservedly losing with five minutes to go, until a hugely controversial equaliser by Cezar Azpilicueta, heading in when at least two yards offsite, and a thoroughly underserved winner by Ruben Loftus-Cheek saved their blushes.
Despite this, proceedings in South Wales on Sunday seem, if anything, to have widened the rift between Sarri and the Chelsea fan base, and make his departure from the club more than ever likely.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.