- Maurizio Sarri reveals he is thinking about quitting smoking
- The Italian manager's resolve to smoking was tested against Arsenal
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New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said he was contemplating quitting smoking after watching his side secure a second straight win.
The Italian manager was craving a cigarette at the half-time whistle as Chelsea gave away a two-goal lead in the first half of Saturday’s 3-2 win over Arsenal.
The 59-year-old was grateful for Eden Hazard setting up Marcos Alonso’s 81st-minute winner.
Sarri, afterwards, said he was planning to make up for the abstinence in the evening before then saying he was going to quit altogether.
The former Napoli boss was asked how he managed his cravings during the match and if he smoked at half-time and immediately afterwards, prior to his media commitments, Sarri said: “No, I will smoke in the evening I think.”
He was reluctant to discuss his habit and when pressed on the matter his response was jovial, but whether it was a joke or serious was uncertain.
He said: “I’m going to stop. Just for one or two years, then I will start again.”
Sarri was satisfied with the performance of his side who made it two consecutive wins on the bounce.
He described the performance of his players “horrible” after his side gave up a two-goal lead to Arsenal.
He said: “I can speak about the other 75 (minutes). I think it’s better. I remember better good things instead of the worst.
“In the first 25 minutes we did really very well. In quality, we are going very well. In quantity we have to improve.
“I think it’s normal. We started to work all together two weeks ago. My target now is to play 90 minutes like the first 25.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Chelsea continued their impressive run in their 2018-19 Premier League season with a 3-2 win over Arsenal at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday, August 18.
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