Martin Keown slams Maurizio Sarri for throwing a tantrum before Chelsea vs Arsenal Europa League final

first_imgMaurizio Sarri stormed off the pitch during Chelsea’s final training session ahead of the Europa League final (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown has slammed Maurizio Sarri’s antics which overshadowed Chelsea’s final training session ahead of tonight’s Europa League final against Arsenal.The Italian appeared to be irked by an altercation between Gonzalo Higuain and David Luiz and threw his cap down in disgust before storming off the pitch in disgust.It was later revealed that Sarri’s disgust was reserved for UEFA who insisted upon a 60-minute open session in front of the watching media, preventing Chelsea from rehearsing their set-piece routines in private.Regardless of the real reason behind the 60-year-old’s hissy fit, Arsenal legend Keown thought the episode sent out the wrong message ahead of such a big match.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTempers fraying in the Chelsea camp? 😡Higuain and Luiz come together in training and Maurizio Sarri is furious! pic.twitter.com/obSZ51KGGd— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 28, 2019 Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 May 2019 11:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Advertisement He said: ‘I think this is where he is very wrong the manager. Nobody really knew anything was wrong before he stormed off like that‘He’s too emotional. I know he’s disappointed with his players he’s thinking why are they all not getting on together‘He either loves or hates them and he has to be the middle ground as the manager. Advertisement Chelsea’s statement on Maurizio Sarri’s tantrum ‘Maurizio’s frustration displayed at the end of training was not related to any of his players, but was due to not being able to practice set-plays in the final 15 minutes of the hour-long training session as it remained open to the media.’ ‘If he’s going to continue in that job it’s going to take him to an early grave. Those players will test you and something has gone on.‘Maybe David Luiz has been a bit immature, Higuain may have run into him and maybe he’s not happy. These things happen all the time but the manager has added to it by the way he’s behaved.‘The throwing of the cap and the over emotion it just leaves a bad taste in the mouth.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Martin Keown slams Maurizio Sarri for throwing a tantrum before Chelsea vs Arsenal Europa League finallast_img read more

DJ LeMahieu had a great year, but he was never going to be the AL MVP

first_imgThe three AL MVP finalists didn’t feature any surprises — the Angels’ Mike Trout, the Astros’ Alex Bregman and the Athletics’ Marcus Semien. Those three finished top three in the AL in fWAR, with LeMahieu finishing 10th.FAGAN: The most problematic contracts in the AL EastAs always, WAR isn’t the end-all-be-all stat in baseball. It’s a counting stat that’s largely free of context. Remember, stats without context are just numbers. New York fans will point to LeMahieu’s domination with RISP numbers to make the case.Let’s have a comparison: But there’s a fundamental flaw of what’s happning here: Numbers with runners in scoring position, are always context dependent. LeMahieu: 145 PAs, .389/.438/.549, six home runs, 73 RBIsSemien: 128 PAs, .327/.445/.702, nine home runs, 58 RBIsTrout: 133 PAs, .297/.489/.670, eight home runs, 56 RBIsBregman: 166 PAs, .250/.373/.516, nine home runs, 66 RBIsAs we know, a cookie jar is only as good as what’s inside, which is why OBP matters a ton in this. As a whole, among non-pitchers, the Yankees had a .340 OBP in 2019, third best in the majors. The Astros had a .353 team OBP, good for first. The A’s were a distant fifth, with a .327 OBP, and the Angels (.325, 16th) were middle of the pack.To take it a step further, the Yankees’ 7-8-9 hitters in 2019 were markedly great, with a .345 OBP among non-pitchers this season — this is important to note, because LeMahieu started 125 games at leadoff in 2019. Yes, the numbers LeMahieu put up were pretty damn good for a leadoff hitter, and his six leadoff home runs this season speak to that. Bregman primarily hit 2-4 and Trout started one game outside the 2-hole.In fact, the only other true comparison here is with Semien, who started 145 games this season at the leadoff spot. The Athletics’ 7-9 hitters (non-pitchers) had a .296 OBP — a lot worse than the .345 the Yankees were rolling out there. It’s why you see the much smaller sample size for Semien as opposed to LeMahieu.FOSTER: We should talk more about Marcus Semien Hey, Mr. DJ, put a record on.Now it’s time for the awkward record scratch: In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a burgeoning, bloated group of Yankees fans who really, really want you to believe that DJ LeMahieu was the 2019 AL MVP. If the finalists for the voting prove anything, it’s this: That is not the case. The plate apperances matter, obviously, as does batting order — but it also matters that LeMahieu’s team put him in consistently great positions. The same can be said for Bregman and Trout, though there’s an expectation that the top of the order will give you a better shot to drive in a run than the bottom. Just the way baseball goes.This isn’t to say that LeMahieu had a bad year, which is obviously not the case. He was worth 6.0 bWAR/5.4 fWAR, which are two excellent marks and is a career high, regardless of which number you use. He was very good, and he was a big part of something of a miraculous Yankees season.But that doesn’t mean he was ever MVP.last_img read more