Chelsea manager,Maurizio Sarri walked off press after a frustrating match against Burnley without responding to questions from the press and his assistant Gianfranco Zola claimed he was offended’ by visitors.
The blues on Monday night missed an opportunity to go above Tottenham with Burnley holding them to share a point to their race for a top four finish.
That was actually disappointing with their teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi going out on a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Zola claimed Burnley’s time wasting had not been compensated by five minutes added on, as a frenzied night ended on a sour note for the Blues’ head coach.
”He’s very frustrated,’ said Zola when asked about Sarri, who was ordered from the bench in the closing minutes by referee Kevin Friend after leaving his technical area, seemingly taking issue with a free-kick awarded against his team and a booking for Mateo Kovacic.
”I think there will be a follow up on that. Maurizio felt very unhappy. We understand it’s a football game. You say words because of the adrenalin, but he wasn’t particularly happy.
”If Maurizio said that, probably it’s something that could have been avoided.
”There is a lot of emotion at the moment. He was very unhappy with some of the decisions on the pitch.
”He went to tell our players to get on with the game. It has been misinterpreted by Kevin Friend. That’s why I am here.
”When he is on the touchline, he moves around a lot because he is very emotional.
”Actually, today he didn’t come out too much. When he went there. Kevin, misinterpreted. He just wanted to calm his players down.’
Chelsea have reported the insult and expect it to feature in the referee’s report.
Meanwhile, David Luiz accused Burnley of playing ‘anti-football,
David Luiz’s reaction
”We tried everything to win the game,’ said Luiz.
”It’s difficult when you play against a team who have two chances and score two goals and didn’t want to play the game.
”It’s anti-football. Losing time all the time, especially when you have the ball. Their players went to the floor and stopped the game.
”They were playing 11 inside the box. It’s difficult to score against a team like that,he said.