Maurizio Sarri, the Italian football coach whose managerial services were employed by Chelsea FC on 14 July, says he’s appalled by the club’s non-smoking policy.
Sarri, 59, expressed shock and disappointment that a majority of Chelsea players hold no love for nicotine.
Although the former Napoli coach has shown commitment to their 2018/19 football campaigns, Back of the Net reported that he is gradually introducing his players to the joys of smoking.
Admitting that the non-smoking policy must be a measure to protect individual rights, environmental pollution and the club’s diversity, Sarri concluded that the major obstacle is a cultural divide. The chain-smoker is, however, campaigning for “nutritious nicotine.”
Speaking in an interview with 442, Sarri said it is unbelievable that an entire English Premier League club in the 21st century could “barely smoke through a pack of 10 without hacking their lungs out.”
‘That’s the reality I’ve had to deal with,’ he said.
The central defender who spent his football career with Italian amateur side Figline, joked about prodding Ross Barkley to taste a few Marlboro Lights. He also dared France international player Olivier Giroud to nonchalantly puff at a cigar.
‘…But let’s be honest, smoking cigar will not scare anyone in Europe.’
Sarri admitted it would be an uphill task to get his lads smoking with ease. However, he said their real character would be weighed with the Community Shield.
‘My expectation is to see at least one or two of our boys rolling their own by that point,’ the Naples-born football tactician added.