Andreas Christensen’s Chelsea future is in doubt after he left the bench fifteen minutes before the end of the game against Arsenal.
Chelsea suffered a blow last weekend when the side lost 2-0 to Arsenal. With their loss against fellow London rivals, the race for top-four has become intense.
While Sarri’s side remains fourth in the table, Arsenal and Manchester United have both closed the gap with Chelsea to three points.
However, there could be another blow for Chelsea in form of Andreas Christensen’s departure. The defender was an unused substitute in the game against Arsenal, but he still managed to annoy Maurizio Sarri, who attacked his players in the post-match conference.
According to Times, Christensen left the bench 15 minutes before the end of the game and didn’t return from the dugout after Sarri had made the final substitution of the game.
Andreas Christensen’s Chelsea future in doubt?
The Danish defender has played only one Premier League this season so far, making 12 appearances across all competitions.
He made his only appearance in the league on December 5 against Wolves, where the side suffered a 2-1 defeat. However, Sarri has opted him in the cup games and Christensen has also featured in all the Europa League matches so far.
Maurizio Sarri annoyed after Andreas Christensen leaves #Chelsea bench 15 minutes early against #Arsenal. Danish defender went for a toilet break after Sarri made third substitution and never returned to the away dug-out. https://t.co/VhLOA8ehTo
— Matt Hughes (@MattHughesTimes) January 22, 2019
— CFC (@CFCWriter) January 22, 2019
However, his Chelsea future could be in trouble after he left Maurizio Sarri fuming after the game against Arsenal last weekend.
Christensen, who was an unused sub in the game, left for a toilet break after Sarri had made his final substitution of the game (Callum Hudson-Odoi for Pedro in the 80th minute), but didn’t return to the bench.
According to Times, the Chelsea manager noted the defender’s behaviour and was livid.
Sarri also attacked his players in the post-match media interaction where he questioned his player’s attitude and mentality.
Times report that the incident has left with Christensen facing questions about his future at the club.
There has been no official statement from either side on the incident. Chelsea are preparing for their second leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal against Tottenham Hotspur.
The side will aim to overturn the one-goal deficit in the tie.
Higuain not in London yet, could be by tonight. Chelsea want him to sign in time for Tottenham (12pm tomorrow) – @NicoSchira
— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) January 22, 2019
Chelsea’s press conference is at 1pm tomorrow with Maurizio Sarri ahead of Tottenham in the cup. I hope he’ll be able to talk openly about Higuain and Morata. The EFL told me that the deadline to register a player ahead of the match is at 12 noon tomorrow. #CFC
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) January 22, 2019
Christensen started the first leg of the semifinal and has been a first-team regular for Chelsea in the tournament this season. And so, Sarri’s decision on the player for the game may give us a fair idea about the current situation between the two.