Should ‘journalist’ be in quotation marks, too?
TABLOID “NEWS” UNDERGROUND BUNKER HQ, PRAGUE (GREEN SCREEN) — Maurizio Sarri is in a pretty good mood these days. He’s won three in a row in the league to get back in the top four race, he’s gotten some of the fans back onside by finally giving proper minutes to Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and he’s even demonstrated some flexibility in his tactical and lineup-picking approach. He’s by no means a tinker-man, and he remains inseparably wedded to his Sarri-ball philosophy, but the mood has certainly improved as of late.
That much was evident in his pre-match press conference last night in Prague, where he was all smiles and hand-waves despite journalists repeatedly asking him non-football questions: Slavia’s partial stadium closure, Chelsea’s FIFA transfer ban hearing, Drinkwater’s DUI charge, etc.
That last question came from The Sun’s Andy Dillon, who prefaced his detour down tabloid avenue with what I can only presume to be a yawn or a look of tiredness. This prompted Sarri to tease* the reporter with an “Aww, Andy”. Having gotten the bite, the Chelsea head coach reeled in his unsuspecting prey with some small talk, before clubbing him over the head with a “Tired? [is that] because you work sometime?” dead-pan.
So this happened in The Press Conference— Śūłłÿ ➿ | (@JackSully91) April 10, 2019
“Ohh Andy” Love it pic.twitter.com/p5hwYI0eOj
Sarri and Andy have prior history of course. Back in February, Sarri turned the tables once already, when the reported kept asking about job security and his Chelsea future.
Go on, Maurizio!
* yes, I know ‘tease’ isn’t the same as ‘MOCKS’, but we’re doing tabloid news, people. GET WITH IT.