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'Maybe Yes, Maybe No' Chelsea Boss Maurizio Sarri Won't Say If He'll Pick Kepa Arrizabalaga Against Spurs

Kepa Arrizabalaga caused a storm on Sunday by refusing to be subbed in the Carabao Cup Final
Kepa Arrizabalaga caused a storm on Sunday by refusing to be subbed in the Carabao Cup Final

We are unlikely to forget when Maurizio Sarri went ballistic at his goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga during the Carabao Cup Final against on Sunday.

The Chelsea manager looked like he might storm out of the stadium when Arrizabalaga refused to be replaced by Willy Caballero minutes before the penalty shoot-out.

While Sarri attempted to play down the incident in the post-match press conference, it seems certain that he will make a statement when Chelsea take on Spurs in the Premier League this week.

"He said sorry to the technical staff but it was not enough," said Sarri. "Then he said sorry to his team-mates, the club. He made a big mistake but we need to be taller and we don't want to kill him.

Sarri confirmed that Kepa is fit to play in the game if selected but when asked if he was likely to start, Sarri said: "Maybe yes, maybe no. It will be a decision for the group. For all the players.""I want to send a message to my group. The message could be Kepa is on the pitch or out of the pitch. I have to decide."

Kepa was fined a week's wages by the club for his part in the cup final drama and has now apologised to his manager, team-mates and the fans. 

On Sunday night, Kepa posted a statement about the row saying: "I was very happy to play in my first cup final for Chelsea yesterday and very proud of the team performance. I have thought a lot more about yesterday's events. Although there was a misunderstanding, on reflection, I made a big mistake with how I handled the situation."

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