- Maurizio Sarri clashed with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after he refused to be substituted
- 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 Stamford Bridge.
“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 his apologies.
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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.
“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 Stadium.
The Citizens beat Chelsea 4-3 on penalties after both teams failed to find the back of the net in open play after 120 minutes.
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.
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