Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he is yet to decide whether Kepa Arrizabalaga will start for Chelsea against Tottenham tomorrow night.
You know the story by now. Kepa refused to leave the field in the Carabao Cup final, despite Maurizio Sarri ordering that he be replaced by Willy Caballero. Sarri was not a happy man, and who can blame him? It was hugely unprofessional from the goalkeeper.
We all wondered what punishment Kepa would face in wake of the incident. Chelsea announced that the Spain international has been fined a week’s wages, which will be donated to the club’s foundation, but he could face further sanctions – from Sarri.
Sarri told the media during his pre-match press conference that he is undecided as to whether Kepa or Caballero will be named in his starting eleven for tomorrow’s clash with Tottenham. Sarri, who’s job is on the line as we face Spurs, is quoted saying:
“Maybe yes, maybe not. I have to decide for my group. I want to send a message to my group. The message could be [for Kepa] to be on the pitch or 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 he plays, he has to be ready to play. If the consequence is he is on the bench, he has to be ready to go to the bench.”
It’s a gamble from Sarri. Though we would still expect Kepa to start the game, there is a chance he will use this as an opportunity to send a message to his players about who’s in charge. We fear that it could backfire on him. He needs to play his best team.