Serie A champions Juventus are reportedly ‘irritated’ by manager Maurizio Sarri after he ‘refused to stop smoking’ despite being diagnosed with Pneumonia.
The 60-year-old, who averages around four packs of cigarettes a day, missed the club’s first league game of the season against Parma on Saturday after club doctor’s advised him to take a rest.
Sarri’s condition has improved ‘sufficiently’ in recent days but Juventus are still concerned about their manager’s smoking habits.
In fact, it is believed that they are ‘irritated’ and would prefer him to stop while being treated for the infection, according to news agency Ansa via Football Italia.
Sarri was pictured holding a pack of cigarettes while outside his home this week, which prompted the Italian side to be displeased with the former Chelsea boss.
So how many does Sarri really smoke on a daily basis? According to reports, the Italian gets through 80 cigarettes a day.
That means if he’s awake for 16 hours then Sarri will smoke five an hour. That is a cigarette every 12 minutes.
The guys over at Dream Team worked out that if a pack costs £11.50, then the Chelsea manager smokes £46 of his salary every day, which works out at a hefty £1,400 every month.
But back in June this year, the Italian confessed to smoking 60 a day and admitted his habit is getting out of control.
“I smoke 60 a day, which is probably a few too many,” he revealed to La Nuova Riviera via Football Italia.
“I don’t particularly feel the need to smoke during games, but straight afterwards it really is necessary,” he added. “I had back problems tormenting me for weeks, but I feel much better now.”
After signing a three-year deal at Juventus, the 60-year-old accepts that he’ll have to win over some fans considering his ties with Napoli.
“I arrive with scepticism, just as I did with all my other clubs,” he said at his unveiling.
“I understand that, but I know only one way to change that and that is to win and convince while entertaining and getting results.
“For three years [at Napoli] I would wake up and think about how to defeat Juventus, because they were a winning team. I gave 110%, but we still couldn’t do it. I will now give everything for this club.”
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