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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri dropped Kepa Arrizabalaga to the bench as Willy Caballero got his first start of the season in the Premier League.

Kepa Arrizabalaga had infuriated Chelsea fans and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri after he refused to be substituted in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City on Sunday.

Following the incident on Sunday, Chelsea have made a decision to fine Kepa one week’s wages and donate it to the Chelsea Foundation, with the club reacting to Kepa’s poor action that put the club in limelight as he disrespected the manager.

Kepa has already issued an apology, while Sarri has admitted that it was just a misunderstanding. However, Kepa was still dropped to the bench for the derby game against Spurs.

Sarri said about his decision before the start of the match: “It’s a choice. It’s a message for my group. That we are a group, and not 25 players. It’s my choice.”

Sarri was asked after the game if he felt his team’s impressive performance was connected to his decision to change his goalkeepers.

“No,” he responded.

“The performance in this match was very good, but it was a performance in line with the last one. Fortunately the result was different.”

Sarri then revealed that Kepa will remain as his first choice goalkeeper and will return to his duties after now.

He continued: “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.

“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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  1. Florenz Essien | February 28, 2019 at 11:35 am |

    It’s nice to make him understand Obedience is Vital.. Lesson learnt I guess.. I miss him.. Can’t wait to see him against Fulham.. Come on Blues

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