29th May, 2019
It was surely a situation that will agitate the minds of many Chelsea fans at the very first glance as Maurizio Sarri angrily stormed out of Chelsea’s training session on the eve of the Europa League final in Azerbaijan.
The coach angrily threw his hat to the ground and booted it twice before heading down the tunnel at Baku Olympic Stadium, where the Blues meet Premier League rivals Arsenal on Wednesday.
Apparently, the Chelsea boss was actually responding to a misunderstanding that occurred between David Luiz and Gonzalo Higuain.
The two players had exchanged words after on-loan Argentina international Higuain caught the defender with a late challenge during a training drill.
Even though it looked like a seemingly innocuous tackle, defender David Luiz was left frustrated and former Napoli boss Sarri later showed his own annoyance at the situation.
The coach was seen throwing away his Chelsea baseball cap, kicking it and then picking it up and angrily slamming it to the ground as he left the pitch at the Baku Olympic Stadium, where the final against Arsenal will be played.
Funny enough his action was later explained differently by a Chelsea spokesman who said: “Maurizio’s frustration displayed at the end of training was not related to any of his players, but was due to not being able to practise set-plays in the final 15 minutes of the hour-long training session as it remained open to media.”
The Chelsea head coach Sarri, who has been linked with the vacancy at Juventus, had earlier spoken of his affection for the squad in a pre-match news conference.
“At this moment I love them,” he said.
“I have 22 wonderful men, wonderful players, so I’m really very happy with them,” he said.
This particular reaction from Sarri is very similar to the one he put up during the EFL Cup final in February, where the 60-year-old having appeared to contemplate storming off down the tunnel at Wembley before returning to the dugout following goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s refusal to be substituted.
Not exactly an inspirational event to the teeming Chelsea fans out there for sure.