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Sarri unhappy about Chelsea’s USA friendly before Europa League final

Maurizio Sarri is unhappy with Chelsea, with the club having arranged a US friendly prior to the Europa League final.

Chelsea booked their place in the final with a penalty shoot-out win over German side Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night, with Sarri’s side set to face London rivals Arsenal in an all-English affair on May 29.

The Blues travel to face Leicester City on the final day of the Premier League season this weekend, though Sarri has been left fuming with plans to play a friendly in Boston next week.

The club’s board have agreed to play MLS side New England Revolution in a first-team friendly next week, with the game part of a programme arranged by owner Roman Abramovich to help combat anti-semitism.

Chelsea manager Sarri has been left angered by the plans, with his preparation for the final disrupted by having to fly thousands of miles for the fixture.

“Now we need to rest,” the Italian told reporters following Thursday’s penalty shootout win.

“Unfortunately we have to go to the United States but we have ten days to prepare for the final and we have to recover energy.”