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Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has hailed Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri for his brave decision to drop Kepa Arrizabalaga for Willy Caballero against Tottenham on Wednesday night.

Kepa refused to be substituted towards the end of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City and even though he was fined a week’s wages by the club, Sarri opted to drop the Spaniard for Caballero against Tottenham.

Cole believes for a club like Chelsea that sack managers quite often, it was a huge gamble for Sarri to drop his number one goalkeeper.

“I think it’s easy for someone like Alex Ferguson, who had them years of dominance and stature at the club, to do things like that,” Cole told BT Sport.

“I think for a Chelsea manager to do things like that, there’s other factors to it.

“We’ve seen the history where the club have changed managers quite regularly.

“So it’s more of a gamble [at Chelsea].

“If Alex Ferguson at Man United does that, everything’s going in that direction and that’s that.

“But at this club things can change very quickly.

“You can’t criticise the board for that as well because they’ve won things and they’ve been successful.

“He’s deliberated it a lot and he knows if it goes wrong tonight, it’s going to come on him.

“But I applaud him for his bravery and I think it’s the right thing.”

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed after the 2-0 win over Tottenham on Wednesday night that it was the right decision to drop Kepa Arrizabalaga after his refusal to be substituted against Manchester City.

“I think it was the right decision. Kepa made a big mistake. He paid [for it] with the club, and then he had to pay for it with the team. But now it has to stop,” Sarri said.

“From tomorrow Kepa will be with us. I don’t know if in the next match he will be on the pitch or not, but in one of the next two for sure. He remains my first choice goalkeeper.

“We cannot kill him. When you are young you can make mistakes. The most important thing is you need to understand very well after every mistake. Now for me the question is closed.”

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