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Ahead of Sunday’s game vs FulhamChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted he will make some rotations in his Starting XI:  “I need to value the recovery of every player and then decide”. Sarri explained during his pre-game press conference. “We need to change three or four players”.

One of these changes can involve the goalkeeper with Kepa who will maybe re-gain his place on the pitch: “The Kepa situation is closed. Kepa is our first goalkeeper, but we are very happy for Willy that he can play in a very difficult match”. the Italian manager claimed. “Kepa will be on the pitch for one of the next two matches. I have not decided yet, I want to see the last two trainings of course, for every player. On Sunday we played 120 minutes and 95 on Wednesday. We ran for 15km on Sunday on average and Wednesday was 12km, so we have to consider it”.

Whoever will play, however, Maurizio Sarri wants from his team the same attitude of the last few matches: “In the last three matches we were consistent. Europa League, drew against City and beat Tottenham. We need to continue with the performance. The result was good”. Sarri said. “We were right against City to wait in our half, we started differently against Spurs. It depends on the situation”.

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Former Chelsea star Joe Cole, who currently enjoys a coaching role in the Blues’ Academy, believes Maurizio Sarri has done absolutely the right thing’ after the Italian manager decided to bench goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga as a result of his refusal to be substituted in the extra-time of Carabao Cup final.

Joe Cole told BT Sport after the game against Tottenham Hotspur: “I think he’s done it spot on,

We were all talking earlier, what’s he going to do? He’s done absolutely the right thing. He’s asserted, he’s the leader, this is the message, of the team”.

“I think he’ll live or die by it tonight. The pressure is on Willy Caballero to perform, but the message in the long term is “listen this is my team, my group, no one is going to step out of line”, and I applaud him for it, I think it’s a great decision”.

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Yesterday night for the Premier League‘s match vs Tottenham, the Blues manager Maurizio Sarri selected Willy Caballero and benched Kepa after the “incident” in the final minutes of the Carabao Cup final.

Caballero himself now explains how what happened on Sunday at Wembley made the team stronger: “First of all it was a strange situation which everybody saw,” Caballero told Chelsea official website. “I have to leave it, we have to leave it but I think everyone involved in what happened learnt something and this just brings something good in the atmosphere of the team and that’s the good news. We passed the last days in good harmony, just thinking about how to beat Spurs and we did it. It was very important, it wasn’t a final but that doesn’t matter, we’ve improved a lot and we are more together than ever. We spoke about it after the incident and it was good to have a chat with him [Kepa]. He learnt a lot after what happened and we learnt a lot, as a club and as a team. Sometimes these things can pull players apart but in this case we are more together than ever”.

And these words became reality yesterday night when Chelsea defeated Tottenha, at Stamford Bridge: After this victory, of course every supporter of Chelsea, every player and every part of the club is going to be happy,” said the goalkeeper. “The atmosphere was amazing and we needed to win. We did it pretty well, we defended very well and we are happy that we finished a great game by defending well and scoring goals.”

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made four changes from the starting XI which suffered a defeat on penalties in the Carabao Cup‘s final against Man City on Sunday.

Marcos Alonso replaces Emerson Palmieri, with Mateo Kovacic in midfield and Gonzalo Higuain chosen as a lone striker alongside Pedro and Eden Hazard.

Willy Caballero will start as Kepa Arrizabalaga has been dropped to the bench after the Spaniard refused to be substitute in the extra-time against the Citizens.

Here’s the team to face Tottenham Hotspur in full: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Pedro, Hazard, Higuain

 

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Maurizio Sarri has decided to drop Kepa as Chelsea tonight face Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea starting XI: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic; Pedro, Higuain, Hazard.

Chelsea substitutes: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Giroud.

Tottenham Hotspur starting XI: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Lamela; Son, Kane.

Tottenham Hotspur substitutes: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Rose, Foyth, Wanyama, Lucas, Llorente.

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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 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 lose the League Cup final 4-3  against Manchester City at penalties after an intense game that ended goal-less in the 120′.

After a low pace first part with no special moments, Maurizio Sarri‘s team impressed in the second regular half but missed a couple of huge chances with Kanté and Pedro.

The extra time was leveled but still goal-less but the highlight of those 30′ was in the final minutes with Maurizio Sarri going literally mad at his goal-keeper Kepa, who refused to come off after a knock for Willy Caballero, who was ready to replace him.

Jorginho and David Luiz missed their penalties in the final shoot-outs and Sterling scored the fifth one for Citizens, after also Sanè missed his, giving them the cup and, so, first trophy of the season.

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Chelsea‘s goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has impressed with some good performances in his first part of the season at Stamford Bridge.

The Spaniard said the fee paid by Chelsea for him and the fact of replacing Thibaut Courtois are not putting pressure on him: “I wouldn’t call it pressure, I would just say it is how the transfer market goes”. Kepa told Sky Sports. He went and I came in and I’m not one to focus on the comings and goings”.

Courtois won several trophies with Chelsea and now Kepa want to do the same as his colleague with the Blues: “I’m focused on myself and there is a great opportunity for me to come here. I wanted to take advantage of this and enjoy my football and look forward and not back”. the goalkeeper went on. “I’m happy here both on a personal and a team level and I’m happy here in London. Looking towards the future excites me with the possibilities we have to improve and I’m excited about what the future might bring.”

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