Maurizio Sarri stormed out of a Chelsea training session just 24 hours ahead of the Europa League final in Baku.
The Italian admitted that he was considering his future away from Stamford Bridge next season prior to the Wednesday session. He was seen throwing down his iconic baseball cap twice in frustration and then disappearing down the tunnel before training was even over.
Gonzalo Higuain and David Luiz was involved in an altercation but that was not the reason for Sarri’s bitterness. The 60-year-old was discontent with the fact that the team’s final training session was being spectated by the public.
He wanted to practice some set pieces with his players behind closed doors but were unable to. N’Golo Kante’s uncertainty over playing on Thursday night also played a part since the Frenchman was only able to manage some light running with the physio.
A Chelsea spokesman 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.”
Sarri told the press, “I want to think only about the final. Then I have a contract with Chelsea for two years [there is an option for a further year beyond 2020]. So, first of all, I will speak with Chelsea. But this is not the moment to discuss this. Now we have to think only about the final because our feeling is that we deserve to win.
“For me, at the beginning of the season, it was really very difficult to understand my players, to understand the mentality. But, after a very difficult month in January, in February they started to change. Or probably I changed, I don’t know.
“In this moment, I love them because I have 20-22 wonderful men and wonderful players. So now I’m really very happy with them. I have to consider the future. And I have to consider that I love English football, I love the Premier League.”