On his contract and Juventus rumours, Sarri said: ‘I will speak with Chelsea. But this is not the moment’
Maurizio Sarri betrayed the volcanic temper that has scarred his first season in England with a remarkable tantrum on the eve of the Europa League final.
After a heavy tackle by Chelsea‘s Gonzalo Higuain on David Luiz, emotions ran high among the players. Sarri poured fuel on the incident by first throwing, then kicking his cap before walking off the pitch.
The incident ruined the final 20 minutes of the hour-long session with Luiz following his boss to the sidelines and taking no further part.
The heated scenes were in marked contrast to the calm front presented just 40 minutes earlier when Sarri called his players “wonderful” (even adding “I love them”), and dealt with good humour to speculation linking him to Juventus and Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
The Italian was entirely equivocal about the reports linking him to Juventus, preferring to tease his interrogators with the prospect of his choosing to remain at Chelsea, such has been the improvement in the final months of the campaign.
“For me, at the beginning of the season, it was really very difficult to understand my players, to understand the mentality,” Sarri said. “But, after a very difficult month in January, in February they started to change, I think. 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. And, of course, I have to consider it for the future.” But what about the move to Juve, Maurizio?
“I want to think only about the final. Then I have a contract with Chelsea for two years. So, first of all, I will speak with Chelsea. But this is not the moment. Now we have to think only about the final. Because you know very well, our feeling is that we deserve to win. And so we want to win.”
And the prospect of losing Hazard to Real Madrid?
“I want to respect his decision, I hope he will stay with us,” Sarri said. “We need to be ready if he decides something different. Hazard is good for every team, also for us.”
A statement from Chelsea made Wednesday morning on Sarri’s exit from the training session read: “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 practice set-plays in the final 15 minutes of the hour-long training session as it remained open to the media.”