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Chelsea get a massive win against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge tonight.

The Blues broke the deadlock earlier in the second half thanks to Pedro Rodriguez before a clumsy own-goal from Spurs’ defender Kieran Trippier (whose back-pass rolled past Hugo Lloris) revived Maurizio Sarri‘s hopes for a top-four finish. Both Gonzalo Higuain and Harry Winks hit the woodwork in the game

The Italian manager saves his job after getting two wins (Europa League and Premier League) and a defeat on penalties (Carabao Cup final) in the last three games played. Both Man United and Arsenal managed to win their games tonight, which means Chelsea remain 6th on the league table with a game in hand.

 

 

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he’s yet to make a decision whether goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will start for the Blues’ in their next Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Italian confirmed he spoke with the Spaniard to discuss once again what happened in the extra-time of Carabao Cup final, when the former Athletic Club star refused to be substituted.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Spurs clash, Sarri said: “I spoke with Kepa of course, then we spoke all together, because he said sorry to the technical staff. He said sorry to his team-mates, to the club. He made a big mistake but we don’t want to kill him”.

“After yesterday, the situation is finished. He is a young player, he made a mistake, but stop. If I am sure he understood he made a big mistake, it is finished. It was a really unusual situation. The players were very shocked. It was impossible to react immediately I think”.

“The captain spoke to me immediately after the match. He spoke with Kepa. Yesterday we spoke all together. The situation is very clear in the dressing room”.

Sarri added: “Maybe yes [Kepa will start], maybe not. It will be a decision for the group, for all the players. I have decide for my group. I want to send a message to my group. The message could be to be on the pitch or out of the pitch. I have to decide what is better for my group”.

“He made a mistake, a big mistake. There are some consequences. If the consequence is he plays, he has to be ready to play. If the consequence is he is on the bench, he has to be ready to go to the bench”.

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Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho gave his thought on Kepa Arrizabalaga‘s decision to stay on the pitch despite Maurizio Sarri had decided to substitute him with Willy Caballero in the extra-time of Carabao Cup final against Man City on Sunday.

Mourinho, speaking after the game, told DAZN“No, luckily I never had to live through anything like this.

“I think on the one hand the goalkeeper wants to show his personality, his confidence, and wants to say ‘I’m here, I want to go to penalties and save them, and I am here with the confidence that I will go and do it’. And this is what I like”.

He added: “Then I don’t really like that Kepa leaves the manager, the coaches and everyone else in a very fragile situation, also including one of his own team-mates who was ready to enter the pitch.

“Eventually we saw how Caballero was thrown into a mess that he wasn’t really part of. It saddens me, because it’s a really complicated situation.”

Kepa Arrizabalaga was eventually fined one week’s wage by Chelsea after his refusal to be substituted, despite Maurizio Sarri insisted ‘the matter is now closed’.

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Chelsea have fined goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga one week’s wage after the Spaniard refused to be substituted in the extra-time of Carabao Cup final against Man City on Sunday.

Maurizio Sarri insists Kepa ‘matter is now closed’ and insists ‘there was a misunderstanding’ when Willy Caballero was set to replace him before being forced to return to the dugout.

Sarri told Chelsea’s official website: “Kepa and I have spoken about the incident. It was a good conversation. There was a misunderstanding yesterday but he realises he made a big mistake in the way he reacted.”

“He has apologised to me, his team-mates and the club. It is up to the club if they want to discipline him according to the club rules, but for me this matter is now closed.

“The team performance as a whole was extremely positive and it is a shame to see how this incident has overshadowed our efforts in what was a very competitive Cup Final. Everyone’s focus is now on the next game and we must all now put this behind us”.

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Yesterday Chelsea lost the Carabao Cup final vs Manchester City: of course this is not a good result for Maurizio Sarri‘s side, but, altough disappointed, defender Antonio Rudiger claimed there are some positive aspects.

We sat back and waited to counter-attack”. Rudiger told Chelsea’s official website. “Defensively we did well. At the end of the day a penalty shoot-out is 50-50, and they won”.

According to Rudiger, Chelsea’s performance was good, because their tactics was different from the one’s shown during the Premier League game at Etihad Stadium, when Manchester City trashed the Blues: “Against certain teams you have to sit back and wait. At City a couple of weeks ago we went attacking, attacking, attacking and we all know what happened”. Rudiger went on. “Of course it’s disappointing to lose a final. We had only one chance, with N’Golo Kante. Defensively we did what we could and at the end of the day penalties is always 50-50.”

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Chelsea defender David Luiz was asked to reveal what he told Blues’ goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga when the Spaniard refused to leave the pitch in the extra-time of Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

The centre-back was the only player of Chelsea seen speaking with Kepa when Maurizio Sarri decided to substitute him with Willy Caballero. 

Luiz, who missed the decisive penalty as well as Jorginho, told SkySports: “I just said to him we have to respect the decision of the coach.

 “But, I don’t know if the coach wanted to change him because he was feeling pain or it was his [tactical] decision.”

“I think the coach he wished to do the substitution because [he was not sure] of the injury, he didn’t understand that.

“[Kepa] was telling us he was good. He was okay. The game sometimes you don’t have much time to explain things, it’s okay”.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga took to social media as he tried to explain his refusal to leave the pitch in the extra-time of Carabao Cup’s final against Man City, with Willy Caballero set to replace him.

He said: “First of all, I have to say it was misunderstood. In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss”.

“Just that it was misunderstood, because I had been attended to by the medics twice, and he thought that I wasn’t in condition to continue. It was two or three minutes of confusion until the medics got to the bench, and they explained everything well”.

“This was nothing to do with the problems I had this week, with [hamstring] it wasn’t that. And, well, it was misunderstood. Because he thought I couldn’t continue, and – fundamentally – I was trying to say that physically I was fine”.

Kepa added: “I know if you see it from outside, I don’t know how it went out, it is not the best image. I have spoken with the boss. I think it was misunderstood. I understand that on television, on social media, they’re talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go against the manager. We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say I’m fine. He thought I wasn’t fine”.

“I don’t think it has to be the major act of this final. I understand we played a good level against one of the best teams in the world. We were close to winning, obviously we’re sad that we didn’t, and I think the team needs to continue playing like this, because today we’ve shown we can compete against the best teams. Among the negatives, we have to take the positives”.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to leave the pitch and being substituted after struggling with a cramp in the extra-time of Blues’ Carabao Cup final against Man City earlier tonight.

The Spaniard was asked to leave the pitch, with Willy Caballero set to come on, but decided to stay and the Italian manager looked furious towards him.

Also former Chelsea captain John Terry backed current manager Maurizio Sarri speaking after the game: “I think once the number goes up you have to come off. As a player you have to show that respect and come off.

I get it that he doesn’t want to, he’s in the final, he’s played well, he’s doing well, if he’s told the physio and the medical department he’s ok”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to leave the pitch and being substituted after struggling with a cramp in the extra-time of Blues’ Carabao Cup final against Man City earlier tonight.

The Spaniard was asked to leave the pitch, with Willy Caballero set to come on, but decided to stay and the Italian manager looked furious towards him.

Sarri told the club’s official website: “It was a big misunderstanding, I understood he had cramp so I didn’t want the goalkeeper to go to penalties in that physical condition”.

“I only realised the situation after three or four minutes when the doctor came to the bench. In the meantime I wanted Caballero on the pitch, and the keeper only wanted me to know he was in condition to go to penalties, so it was a big misunderstanding”.

He added: “Kepa was right, even if the way he conducted himself was wrong. Mentally he was right, he was able to go to penalties, but I only realised everything when the doctor was able to come to the bench, not before. I was really angry”.

“I want to talk with him because he needs to understand that with a misunderstanding we can get in trouble, especially with the media. So I think I only have to explain the situation to Kepa but without any other problem”.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri spoke following his side’s defeat on penalties in the Carabao Cup‘s final at Wembley earlier tonight against Man City.

The Italian told journalists: “I think if you saw the match you can understand very well that today the players played exactly the match we prepared yesterday so I think I’m fully in control of the situation”.

“Now I’d like to speak about our way of football today, which was a little bit different to other matches. Today we decided not to press very high in every situation in which their goalkeeper was involved”.

“Because they are very able to use the goalkeeper and to come out of our pressing. So we decided from every goal-kick to wait 20 metres lower than we usually did, and we conceded nothing to the best team in Europe”.

Sarri added: “Today I’m really very happy because my feeling is that we’re improving. We could become a very solid team.

After today we conceded nothing to Man City, which isn’t easy as they are very dangerous in the offensive phase and they usually score a lot. I’m happy with the performance and on the pitch I saw the performance which I prepared yesterday”.

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