Maurizio Sarri was clearly not expecting to be answering questions about the transfer market.
Still frazzled by a 0-0 home draw with Southampton, the Blues boss was asked about Chelsea’s purchase of Christian Pulisic and the club’s plans in the January transfer market.
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Here is his somewhat bizarre answer, even given the fact that he’s not speaking his native language, from NBCSN:
“I didn’t know anything about (signing) Pulisic yesterday. They asked my opinion about him one month ago. My opinion was positive and today I knew that the deal is done but I didn’t know anything.
“I am not in charge of the market so I have to tend to my matches and play every three days. I can only say my opinion to the club.
“I said to them my opinion, if they want to improve the team.”
Now before you hyperventilate, USMNT supporters, remember that these questions and answers came moments a frustrating match and that managers are generally on hand to approve transfers, not line them up.
Fourth place Chelsea has eight matches this month, and is six points clear of sixth place Manchester United and three ahead of Arsenal.