- Chelsea suffered a penalty shootout defeat
to Man City in the Carabao Cup final
- Sarri says he is yet to decide if he will
bench Kepa against Tottenham
Maurizio Sarri insists he might drop
under-fire rebel goalie Kepa
Arrizabalaga after refusing to be
replaced during Chelsea defeat by Man
City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.
According to Daily Mail report, the 60-
year-old Chelsea manager hinted he will
endeavour to make the best decision on
the club’s interest, before deciding if
Arrizabalaga will not be considered for
a starting spot against Tottenham in
Wednesday’s Premier League clash at
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“I don't know, I have to decide,” the
Italian said when questioned at
Tuesday’s pre-match press conference.
“ Maybe yes. Maybe no. I think he is fit. I
have to decide for my group. I want to
send a message to my group.
“The message could be Kepa is on the
pitch, or Kepa is out of the pitch. I have
to decide what is better for my group.
“He made a mistake, a big mistake.
There are some consequences. If the
consequence is to play, he has to be
ready to play. If the consequence is the
bench, he has to be ready to go to the
bench ,” Sarri said, even as he was quick
to add that it was the club’s decision to
slam a fine to the shot-stopper despite
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“I spoke with the goalkeeper, with Kepa,
of course. Then we spoke altogether,
because he said sorry to the technical
staff, but it was not enough.
”Then he said sorry to his team-mates,
to the club. I think he made a big
mistake, but we need to be taller. We
don't want to kill him. So there is a
position from the club,” he stressed.
The Italian tactician also took out time
to respond to questions on the
possibility of the Italian losing his job
he appears to be under intense pressure
at Stamford Bridge.
“I am not under pressure, but you have
to ask the club,” he said.
“I cannot understand why you ask me
this kind of question. You know very well
I am not able to answer.
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“If you want my opinion, I am not under
pressure. I have been doing this job for
35 years, for me the pressure is a
normal pressure. I want to win every
match,” Sarri submitted.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that
Manchester City have been crowned the
2019 EFL Cup champions after beating
Chelsea on penalties at the Wembley
The Citizens beat Chelsea 4-3 on
penalties after both teams failed to find
the back of the net in open play after
Sunday evening's victory means that the
Etihad Stadium outfit have won six EFL
Cup titles since the start of the
competition - after successfully
defending the title they won last term.