The world of football has more or less been a stage for some real eye-widening moments. While some of these are just plain disastrous, others seem to never fail to surprise us. Not to mention that most of them re headline-worthy for all the gossip you would look for in the sports world, some personalities have been making headlines with their ‘habits’ for years now.
The Europa League concluded in Baku on May 29, that saw English giants Chelsea win their first silverware of the season in a thumping performance against rivals Arsenal. The controversial finals had quite a bit of talking points, most of which isn’t something that will bring a smile to your face.
Right from the downgrade venue in Baku, to the Mkhitaryan controversy and from Arsenal’s amateur defense to the Chelsea boss’ ‘cigar’ celebration. That’s right. That’s a lot to take in from one single final.
Maurizio Sarri, the manager who is most recently known for his temperamental antics while managing the Blues, celebrated his first ever title win by doing what he loves doing (probably better than football), smoking.
Post the glittering win by Chelsea, Sarri was seen to replace his usual cigarettes with a cigar, a first in the time we’ve been witness to his smoking moments on the field. But if you’ve been following the manager, you will know that his smoking habit has been on the sidelines for quite some time now.
Right from his days at Napoli, Sarri was seen pull out cigarettes and puff during a game.
The Italian’s 80-something cigarettes a day habit can widely be considered as highlights during intense matches, but it hasn’t been easy for the man.
Following his move to England early in the 2018/19 campaign, reports suggested that the Stamford Bridge management was preparing a dedicated smoking zone where Sarri could have his puff-breaks, considering smoking laws of the UK didn’t allow him to smoke in public places.
Ofcourse, Sarri also tried to quit the habit, or at least he made us believe so. He was once seen chewing the butt of a cigarette during a match, probably giving in to his urge for the habit, but following the laws too.
Even though his smoking habit has been far criticized by everyone for years, his triumph in the Europa League might just be a good enough reason for Sarri to enjoy a cigar.
The Italian is reportedly on his way back to his home country, where favourites Juventus are most likely to employ the manager.