Warnock brands Premier League officials worst in world following Chelsea defeat

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri frustrated about tiredness after international break

Neil Warnock was absolutely fuming after his Cardiff City side's 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea on Sunday.

The controversy and bitterness of a poor decision from the officials to allow Azpilicueta's clearly offside equaliser to stand will dominate the post-match debates but, in reality, it was yet another alarming sign that Chelsea owed so much to such undeserved fortune.

But Cardiff reacted well and Chelsea should have been down to 10 men when Kenneth Zohore was brought down when through on goal.

To add insult to injury Ruben Loftus-Cheek swooped in injury time to hand Chelsea all three points, sinking Cardiff further into relegation woe and provoking a backlash across social media.

Maurizio Sarri said that he would not be driven out of Chelsea after fans again turned on the head coach and his tactics.

"It's hard because I'm flat", Warnock told Sky Sports. "I think until Eden Hazard comes onto the pitch it was boring", said Jenas.

"To get let down by the officials - roll on VAR".

"That's why they need it".

After being denied a chance to close the gap on their relegation rivals, Warnock claimed he might even surrender the points by fielding his youngest players in a match they are likely to lose anyway against Pep Guardiola's side.

"We have to play eight matches in 28 days so I am sure Callum will start in two or three matches". My players feel like they have been kicked in the teeth. We've got some good games left.

We are going to dominate possession whatever happens.

"It's nearly not who you play but who has a flag in their hand that's nearly as important".

Hazard was unable to impose himself and there was a chorus of "You don't know what you're doing" aimed at Sarri as the final whistle loomed.

"I know very well that Kante is a very important player for us, Hazard is a very important player for us". I honestly don't know.

"The biggest and best league in the world but probably the worst officials at the minute", he said. They don't understand what is at stake.

"Clive White, the PFA guy, says I'm too passionate".

The 31-year-old is yet to really hit top gear for the west London side and Chelsea FC fans will be hoping to see more from him in the coming weeks and months. We looked good at set-pieces defending-wise, but what do you do? "I saw him very well, so I think he is strong enough".

He said: "I can just imagine the people above Sarri just shaking their head and thinking 'why are you saying such a stupid thing in the press conference?"

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