Joe Cole says Kepa benching was ‘absolutely the right thing’

Joe Cole says Kepa benching was ‘absolutely the right thing’

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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”.