Chelsea first-choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped to the bench for Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham on Wednesday after refusing to be substituted during Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City last weekend, with Sarri revealing that it was just to send a message to the goalkeeper.
After the Spurs game, Sarri assured that Kepa still remains his first-choice goalkeeper and that he will return back to his position having played Willy Caballero in the previous game.
Kepa did well in goal against Fulham as he helped Chelsea beat the Cottagers 2-1 which was a massive result in Chelsea’s top four fight, and Sarri was full of praise for the goalkeeper insisting that he has a good attitude.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Sarri said: “Very well, it was a normal decision I think. Kepa made a big mistake and he paid with the club and the team. Now the situation is closed.
“There was another way to put him out of the squad for the season, but Kepa is a man, understood and reacted well.
“I can kill him but I think this was right. I spoke with him during the week, he understood. His attitude during the week was good. His reaction today was very good. I know him well, he is very clever with a good mentality, he made a mistake and understands.
“With another man, I could have done it in another way. With him, I know him very well and I know it wasn’t the right solution [to leave him out].”
Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has also spoken well about Kepa, as he revealed that insiders at the club have told him positive things about the Spaniard.
“It looks like it was a misunderstanding where a lot of people were part of it,” Mourinho told beIN Sports.
“I have a few friends at the club, and everybody speaks to me amazingly well about Kepa.
“They say he’s a great kid, they say he’s not capable of this kind of confrontational attitude. “And when the inside information is positive like that, I believe this kind of information.”