Luiz Felipe Scolari has admitted that supporters we re entitled to boo the side after Chelsea dropped further points at Stamford Bridge and missed the chance to leapfrog Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.
The 1-1 draw against West Ham means that Chelsea have already dropped 14 points at home – the same as the whole of last season – and has left Scolari admitting that he needs to bring about a rapid improvement.
“If I think about the competition and the games that we lost points here, I agree with the fans but they need to understand the players try to do their best,” he said.
“Sometimes, we don’t have quality for the win. I put [the players] on the pitch, I am responsible for this. We play now better away.
“Until now, all the teams come to Stamford Bridge, they play back 40 metres and sometimes my players need to improve, need to try something different.
“It is important for us win at home but at the moment we are playing better away.
“We need to win one, two or three games at home and sometimes the players have to try something different.
“In the last 10 minutes we changed our football in the penalty area and I didn’t want that. We have drawn one more game at Stamford Bridge. It is difficult to explain and I am frustrated by it.
“We tried to play and we played very well. We had more chances to score a second goal but their goalkeeper made some good saves.”
Scolari was left to bemoan another refereeing decision when Mike Riley ignored a penalty appeal after Lucas Neill appeared to upend Frank Lampard.
“It’s a penalty,” Scolari said. “I don’t have a penalty in this competition until now. Any club have three, four, five, six penalties, but my players, it’s never a penalty.”
Neill admitted: “There was contact, but I don’t think I could have got out of the way.”
Scolari, who spent most of Saturday in hospital, is hoping he will not need an operation for his kidney stone, but will be assessed in the next 48 hours.