Maurizio Sarri had plenty to be angry about in the 2-0 loss to Arsenal on Saturday, but according to The Times, his anger went beyond just the performance and mentality on the pitch.
Apparently, Andreas Christensen, who didn’t even play, also managed to draw his ire personally by leaving the bench with 15 minutes to go, ostensibly to answer nature’s call, and not bothering to return.
Barring a troublesome episode riding the porcelain pony, Christensen’s absence and “lack of professionalism” has reportedly left Sarri “‘unimpressed”.
Maurizio Sarri annoyed after Andreas Christensen leaves #Chelsea bench 15 minutes early against #Arsenal. Danish defender went for a toilet break after Sarri made third substitution and never returned to the away dug-out. https://t.co/VhLOA8ehTo— Matt Hughes (@MattHughesTimes) January 22, 2019
As silly as this report seems to be — Sarri had already made all three substitutions and maybe Christensen in fact has a legitimate explanation — it does fit the narrative of Christensen’s unhappy situation at Chelsea this season, with Sarri only utilizing him in Europa League group games and minor Cup matches (though he did start the first leg of the League Cup semifinal against Spurs, which was of utmost importance).
The 22-year-old is understandably not best pleased with this development after playing a bigger role last season, though his performances for the second-string haven’t exactly lived up to our expectations either.
For what it’s worth, Christensen was a full participant in training yesterday (Tuesday). Surely, Sarri has bigger issues to worry about at the moment even if the Times’ report is true.