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Maurizio Sarri explains the real reason behind his training session frustration

By Harry Edwards

Published: 19:30, 29 May 2019

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed the real reason behind his frustration in the Blues’ training session before the Europa League final.

On Tuesday evening, Chelsea took part in an open training session at the Olympic Stadium in Baku with members of the media attending.

Why was Sarri unhappy in Chelsea’s training session? Five key things to know…

  1. Chelsea took part in an open training session ahead of the 2019 Europa League final.
  2. Towards the end of the session, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was seen leaving the pitch frustrated.
  3. It was initially speculated the huff was due to a confrontation between his players.
  4. But Sarri has now revealed it was because he was unable to practice set pieces.

Towards the end of the session, Sarri was seen storming off the pitch looking frustrated, throwing his hat on the ground before kicking it.

It heaped more scrutiny on the Italian, whose future at Chelsea in currently in doubt with the club reportedly lining up Frank Lampard as a summer replacement.

At first it was suggested Sarri’s huff was due to a confrontation between David Luiz and Gonzalo Higuain, though that was eventually shut down by the Italian.

And, speaking ahead of the final, Sarri confirmed the real reason for his frustration.

“I think you were not able to understand yesterday,” he told BT Sport.

“If my players are really aggressive in training, I’m happy, not disappointed.

“I was disappointed because I try to try our solutions on set-pieces. But after 15 minutes of training, the cameras were there.

“And so we were disappointed because of the situation, not the players.”

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Fabregas: Sarri is very superstitious

Sarri’s words were confirmed by former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who had worked under the Italian in the first half of the season before joining Monaco in January.

Responding to another former Chelsea man Eidur Gudjohnsen suggesting the huff was due to his training being disrupted, Fabregas told BT Sport: “I guarantee you, this is the truth. I know him.

“He’s very superstitious. He loves to do the set piece tactics, offensive, defensively, the last thing the day before the game.

“And they didn’t allow him to do it because it was an open session. The superstition is too much for him, he has to do it that way.”