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SportIt's not important for me – Sarri shrugs off Cahill complaints

21:50  05 may  2019
21:50  05 may  2019 Source:   goal.com

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Maurizio Sarri played down complaints from Gary Cahill following the departing defender' s outburst ahead of Chelsea' s final home Premier League game And Sarri insists it was always part of his plan to give the centre-back a chance to say farewell to the club' s supporters ahead of his impending exit.

Maurizio Sarri played down complaints from Gary Cahill following the departing defender' s outburst ahead of Chelsea' s final home Premier League game Cahill had played just 21 minutes of top-flight football in 2018-19 prior to being brought off the bench against Watford for the final stages of the match.

It's not important for me – Sarri shrugs off Cahill complaints © Getty Images Chelsea defender Gary Cahill

Maurizio Sarri played down complaints from Gary Cahill following the departing defender's outburst ahead of Chelsea's final home Premier League game of the season.

In an interview with The Telegraph, published on the day of the Blues' 3-0 win against Watford, Cahill accused the Italian of showing him a lack of respect.

Cahill had played just 21 minutes of top-flight football in 2018-19 prior to being brought off the bench against Watford for the final stages of the match.

And Sarri insists it was always part of his plan to give the centre-back a chance to say farewell to the club's supporters ahead of his impending exit.

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Maurizio Sarri played down complaints from Gary Cahill following the departing defender' s outburst ahead of Chelsea' s final home Premier League game Cahill had played just 21 minutes of top-flight football in 2018-19 prior to being brought off the bench against Watford for the final stages of the match.

Maurizio Sarri played down complaints from Gary Cahill following the departing defender' s outburst ahead of Chelsea' s final home Premier League game Cahill had played just 21 minutes of top-flight football in 2018-19 prior to being brought off the bench against Watford for the final stages of the match.

"I don't know the situation, I'm sorry. It's not important for me," he said at his post-match news conference. "Cahill, during the season, was really very professional.

"He played only five, six or seven matches, but he was really very important in the training ground, in the dressing room.

"Today was his last match for Chelsea, so it was important for him to be on the pitch, only for a few minutes but I still think it was really very important for the fans and for him.

"Here, Gary won everything. And so I think he had to say goodbye to the stadium, to the fans, to the club."

Chelsea were jeered by their supporters at the end of a goalless first half, only for second-half goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, David Luiz and Gonzalo Higuain to change the mood around Stamford Bridge on a day when Chelsea were finally assured of a top-four finish, with Arsenal dropping points against Brighton and Hove Albion.

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The defender suggested he had lost all respect for his boss, but it did not stop the Italian from playing him off the bench on Sunday.

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"In the first half, we were not able to play simply," said Sarri. "We were not able to think in a simple way. When you are not brilliant, physically, you have to move the ball, one touch or two touches.

"The ball is not tired. The man is tired. And so, in the second half, we did it better, better and better, probably because something changed in our minds after the first goal.

"I didn't say anything at half-time. I think that, in the first half, we were in trouble because we were tired: physically and mentally. Then, in the second half, they lowered their intensity so we were in control of the match. We were lucky, of course, because we scored after two minutes.

"After the first goal, probably we improved mentally and we were able to play very well for 30-35 minutes. In the first half we were tired and in trouble – I think tired more mentally than physically."

Cahill finding it 'very hard' to respect Sarri.
Gary Cahill has spoken out about his “terrible” season under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea ahead of leaving the club on a free transfer this summer. The 33-year-old has made just seven appearances in Sarri’s first season as head coach at Stamford Bridge, despite captaining the club to a seventh FA Cup triumph last term under Antonio Conte. In an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, as cited by Sky Sports, Cahill admits he finds it hard to respect his manager when the feeling doesn’t seem to be mutual: “It’s been really terrible for me personally. If you are not playing a player, any player, for two, three, four games, then you don’t have to give a reason for that.

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