Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri furiously stormed out of the club’s training session on Tuesday ahead of tonight’s Europa League final.
Sarri repeatedly threw and kicked his cap while leaving Chelsea’s ongoing session on Tuesday in Baku.
It was alleged that the Italian’s furious departure was provoked by a falling out between David Luiz and Gonzalo Higuain towards the end of training at the Olympic Stadium.
But Chelsea have denied these claims and insisted Sarri’s frustrations came from the media presence, which denied the squad a chance to practice set-pieces.
“Maurizio’s frustration displayed at the end of training was not related to any of his players, but was due to not being able to practise set-plays in the final 15 minutes of the hour-long training session as it remained open to media,” said a club spokesman, via Sky Sports.
Sarri’s latest outburst comes amid growing rumours linking him with a summer switch to Serie A champions Juventus to replace the departed Massimiliano Allegri as manager.
Despite these unsettling claims, however, the chain-smoking coach remains determined to win silverware in his first season at Chelsea.
The Blues have already achieved their main objective of Champions League football next term after finishing third in the Premier League.
Standing in their way of European glory is London rivals Arsenal, who must win tonight if they are to qualify for the Champions League themselves.
And Chelsea only have a “50-50” chance of being able to count of midfielder N’Golo Kante for the final.
“I don’t know,” said Sarri over Kante’s fitness on Tuesday.
“He had a little problem on Saturday, a very little problem with his knee. It’s not really a very serious injury.
“The problem is the timing because we had only four days to try to recover him. We are trying. At the moment we don’t know. We will try until the last moment. We will try tomorrow, but at the moment we don’t know.
Sarri added: “He is 50/50 at the moment.”
“Yesterday 60/40 for the no, today 50/50. He was a little bit better this morning.
“But we are in trouble in midfield. At the moment we have only three midfielders for three positions.
“N’Golo is really important for us. He is the only defensive midfielder we have. Without N’Golo it’s a problem for us.”
The Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal will begin at 21:00 (CET) tonight.