MAURIZIO SARRI is considering quitting smoking after Saturday’s stressful London derby against Arsenal.
The chain-smoking Chelsea boss saw watched his side blow a two-goal lead just before half-time, but run out winners thanks to a late Marcos Alonso goal.
When asked whether he was tempted to draw one out towards the end of the match, he said: “No I needed half-time and the first half to end, not a cigarette.
“I will smoke in the evening, not during the match.
“I am going to stop for just one or two years then I will start again.
“Inside there were 15 minutes that were horrible.
“We lost ground, we were not able to press, we were not able to defend, we were really in trouble. I think in the second half, we did very well from our mental point of view.
“It was really very hard to answer about the last part of the first half. I prefer to speak about the other 75 minutes, it is better. I remember better the good things instead of the worst.”
UK law does not allow smoking inside football stadiums.
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During the Community Shield against Manchester City at Wembley, former Napoli manager Sarri, 59, was pictured repeatedly holding a small object to his lips.
Meanwhile Arsenal favourite Lee Dixon was forced into a grovelling apology live on US TV after saying the word “fag.”
While the term is widely described as a cigarette in the UK, it remains a homophobic slur in the US.
Dixon claimed that the Italian boss “might need a fag” to calm his nerves.
But the presenter was forced to apologise to American viewers when he said: “Maurizio Sarri is a chain-smoker and we used a British term for a cigarette, it’s very familiar in the UK and sometimes these things are lost in translation.
A sheepish-looking Dixon adding: “If my choice of word offended anybody I’d like to fully apologise.”