- Maurizio Sarri is unhappy with Chelsea board for approving a United States friendly before Europa League final against Arsenal
- Chelsea reached the Europa League final after beating Eintracht Frankfurt in a dramatic penalty shootout at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, May 9
- Sarri’s side will face Arsenal in Baku on May 29 after a friendly against New England Revolution in Massachusetts on May 16
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is furious with club chiefs for sanctioning the Blues trip to the United States of America for a postseason game before their Europa League final showdown against Arsenal.
The Stamford Bridge dwellers qualified for the Europa League final in dramatic fashion after seeing off Eintracht Frankfurt in a penalty shootout at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening, May 9.
Chelsea will battle Arsenal in Baku on May 29 after Gunners saw off Valencia in the other semi-final.
The Blues will tackle Leicester City on Sunday, May 12, in their final Premier League game of campaign, before heading to the United States to keep a date with New England Revolution in a post-season friendly slated for Massachusetts on May 16.
And Sarri insists the trip will affect his squad’s preparations ahead of their Europa Cup final against Arsenal in Azerbaijan.
“Now we need to rest,” Sarri was quoted as saying by Metro during his post-match interview after the penalty win over Frankfurt.
“Unfortunately we have to go to play in the United States.
“Because I think in this moment, we need to rest. We have 10 days to prepare for the final.
“We have to recover energy because we are really very tired,” Sarri summed up.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Chelsea have qualified for the final of the 2018/19 Europa League after beating Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 on penalties on Thursday night, May 9, after full time score ended 1-1.
Chelsea went into this game with confidence after getting a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Germany before making return to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues scored the first goal in the 28th minute through Ruben Loftus Check who was assisted by Belgian football star Eden Hazard.
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