Maurizio Sarri has expressed his frustration that Chelsea have to travel to the United States to play a friendly before their Europa League final with Arsenal.
The Blues are scheduled to play MLS side New England Revolution in a post-season friendly in Massachusetts on May 15.
The game is a charity match for ‘Final Whistle on Hate’ – aimed at tackling discrimination but with a particular emphasis on anti-Semitism, and Chelsea have stated they will send their full first-team squad to the States.
Chelsea made it through to the Europa League final by beating Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties
It comes three days after Chelsea bring their Premier League season to a conclusion with a trip to Leicester City this Sunday.
But after a penalty shoot-out victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night, Sarri’s side will also contest the final of the Europa League against Arsenal in Baku on May 29.
And the 6,500-mile round trip to the US hasn’t gone down well with the Italian.
‘It will be very difficult for Sunday. But we need to consider that our best match, in my opinion, was here in Stamford Bridge against Tottenham, three days after 120 minutes in the cup final against Manchester City,’ Sarri said.
‘Of course, now it’s more difficult, I think. We played 61 matches, so it’s very difficult. We need to rest, of course.
‘Unfortunately, we have to go to the US to play a match. And then we have, after the US, 10 days to prepare the last match.’
Sarri said it is ‘unfortunate’ his side need to travel to Boston and can’t rest ahead of the final
Chelsea have committed to sending a full-strength squad over to the United States next week
It seems highly unlikely that Sarri will risk his key stars in the friendly against the Revolution as they prepare for the final against their London rivals.
In a promotional material for the game, Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta said: ‘We are proud and excited to bring a strong team to Boston for the ‘Final Whistle on Hate’
‘Discrimination, and in particular anti-Semitism, is too common in society and our match against the New England Revolution will use the power of sport to promote tolerance and equality.
‘For many of us players, it will be our first time in Boston and we’re looking forward to seeing the city and playing in front of our loyal US fans.’