Chelsea vs Arsenal ended 4-1 as Maurizio Sarri ‘toasted’ his first trophy as a manager in a bizarre way on Wednesday night, May 29, after Chelsea won the Europa League final in Baku.
According to Give Me Football report, the Italian manager, who has battled a lot of criticism this campaign wasted no time to bring out his big cigar as soon as the referee’s final whistle sounded at the Olympic Stadium in Baku.
Interestingly, on several occasions this season, Sarri has been sighted chewing cigarettes on the touchline.
At the last count, Sarri aside from the Europa League success, Chelsea ended their campaign in the Premier League on third spot.
However, Sarri must have been ‘saving’ a special cigar for the moment after going trophy less for 30 years as a football manager, even Chelsea’s Ross Barkley found the scene laughable.
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After the heroics in his first season at Stamford Bridge, it remains to be seen if Sarri will remain at Chelsea dugout for 2019-20 season.
The Italian has been repeatedly linked with a return to Serie A – with champions Juventus keen to land the ex-Napoli manager as replacement for Max Allegri.
No doubt, Sarri produced wonders during his half-time talk, with scores level at 0-0.
Even Eden Hazard admitted the Italian’s team-talk did the magic to see the Blues win comfortably.
“Sarri just said keep playing try to play our football. What we did in the second half, we know we have the players when we want to play all together, fight all together. Today we showed this mentality and I think for the fans, for the players, for the staff, it’s a great trophy to win."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Chelsea defeated Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final despite the Gunners starting brightly with few chances, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was goal shy in the early minutes of the encounter.
Unai Emery's men looked like they had the formula to keep their opponents at bay in their half after launching too many attacks on the Blues. In the 17th minute, Alexandre Lacazette was brought down by the Blues goalkeeper but Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi ignored the Frenchman's plea for a penalty.
Xhaka hoping to catch Kepa by surprise with a stunning long range shot from outside the 18-yard box but it went a bit above the post in the 27th minute.
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