Maurizio Sarri demoted Kepa following Sunday’s Cup final mutiny.
Chelsea’s under-fire manager produced an almost perfect tactical performance, only to be undermined by the messy actions of his goalkeeper. Maurizio Sarri’s tactical masterclass was undermined by the shameful actions of Chelsea’s record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga, who refused to leave the pitch in the closing minutes of extra time in order to be substituted. Willy Caballero was left waiting on the touchline by an act of rebellion from the £71 million goalkeeper, who didn’t allow the penalty specialist on the field despite suffering from an injury to his hamstring. With the scores level at 0-0, Sarri was left furious and had to be held back by Antonio Rudiger after the match, such was his anger. The result of the saga was seen yesterday when Sarri dropped Kepa and selected Willy Caballero. Willy had nothing to do as Chelsea defeated Spurs 2-0. Following the game Maurizio Sarri reveals who will be his number 1 goalkeeper.
Maurizio Sarri reveals Kepa Arrizabalaga is still Chelsea’s number one despite Tottenham demotion. The Spaniard was dropped to the bench for the victory over Spurs following his refusal to be substituted during the Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists Kepa Arrizabalaga remains his number one goalkeeper despite dropping him to the bench for the 2-0 victory over Tottenham. The 24-year-old shot-stopper, who defied Sarri by refusing to be substituted during the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City, will return to the starting XI for one of the next two games. While the Blues manager initially described the situation at Wembley as a misunderstanding, Arrizabalaga was fined a week’s wages and then replaced by Willy Caballero for the London derby at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
But Sarri claims he is ready to put the incident to bed, now that the Spaniard has paid a sufficient price to his team-mates. When asked if Arrizabalaga remains first choice between the sticks, Sarri said, “Of course. I think it was the right decision [to bench him], Kepa made a big mistake, he paid with the club, and then he had to pay with the team. But now I have to think we have to stop, Kepa from tomorrow will be with us. He is back in the team for the weekend, I don’t know in the next match if he will be on the pitch or not, but one of the next two he will [start]. When you are young I think you can make mistakes, and the most important thing is that you need to understand very well after every mistake. For me, now the best thing is to close it.”
Kepa should haved obeyed whatever Sarri is saying. It was rightful of Sarri to drop Kepa to make him realize how harsh and disrespectful his actions were to his manager, club and fans.