Maurizio Sarri reveals Kepa will remain his number 1 despite substitution row

Maurizio Sarri reveals Kepa will remain his number 1 despite substitution row

- Maurizio Sarri reveals Kepa will keep his place between the sticks when Chelsea play Spurs in the London derby

- It is believed Sarri has resolved to keep faith with the embattled goalkeeper after Sunday's substitution row

- The Blues will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways against their rivals in the Premier League encounter

Maurizio Sarri has reportedly resolved to keep faith with embattled Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, ahead of his side's encounter with Tottenham Hotspurs.

The Blues will host Spurs at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, February 27, with the hope of bouncing back to winning ways.

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It was anticipated that Sarri would drop Kepa in the tie after the Spanish goalkeeper refused to leave the field in the Chelsea's EFL Cup final defeat to Man City.

The Italian tactician wanted to replace Kepa with Willy Caballero moments before the penalty shootout, but the 24-year-old shot-stopper declined to obey the manager.

The duo has since issued separate statements, insisting their was a miscommunication between them during the showdown.

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Amid the tension that has now rocked Chelsea's dressing room, Sarri has decided to play Kepa when his side host Spurs as he seeks to bury the hatchet with the keeper.

Chelsea currently sit sixth on the log and will be looking to pick a win against their rivals to keep their chances of finishing in the top four alive.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that David Luiz has given an account of what he told teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga when he refused to be substituted deep in extra time.

Maurizio Sarri and Arrizabalaga were the centre of attention in the substitution row as Manchester City beat the Blues' 4-3 on penalties to lift the EFL Cup at Wembley. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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