Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said he does not want ‘to kill’ goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga but hasnt decided on whether or not if the Spaniard will start the Premier League game with London rivals Spurs on Wednesday.
Arrizabalaga has apologised and been fined a week’s wages following his outburst on the field of play as he refused to be substituted in Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final which Manchester City won. Sarri speaking in a press conference said “I have to decide [if he will play], maybe yes, maybe not,” “He made a really big mistake. For me it’s finished. The Italian said further : “I spoke with Kepa. 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 [bigger]. We don’t want to kill him.”
Sarri noted that there has to be consequences and he said of this He has to [be mentally ready to play]. 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 was then asked by reporters if he felt other players should have took control of the situation he said “It was really a very unusual situation, so I think the players were really very shocked. It was impossible to react immediately. Arrizabalaga’s fellow Spaniard teammate and Chelsea captain Azpilicueta was also criticised for not intervening in the situation, when asked about this Sarri said “The captain spoke to me immediately after the match. Then he spoke with Kepa. Yesterday we spoke all together. The situation is really very clear in the dressing room.”
It remains to be seen whether he will be given the number 1 jersey on Wednesday night or not.