Sarri responds to ‘the Kepa situation’ and use of Cahill

Date published: Friday 1st March 2019 2:46

Maurizio Sarri is yet to decide whether to restore Kepa Arrizabalaga to Chelsea’s starting line-up against Fulham.

Willy Caballero started instead of Kepa on Wednesday against Tottenham as the Spaniard was punished for his refusal to be substituted with penalties looming in last Sunday’s Carabao Cup final with Manchester City. City won the shootout 4-3.

Kepa and Caballero are set to share goalkeeping duties on Sunday and in next week’s Europa League last-16 first leg with Dynamo Kiev.

The 60-year-old Blues boss added: “The Kepa situation now is closed. Kepa is our first (choice) goalkeeper.

“But we are very happy for Willy, because now we know very well he’s able to play also in a very difficult match.

“I’m sure in one of the two next matches Kepa will be on the pitch.”

Sarri has no injuries to consider, but expects to rotate his options after a challenging week.

He added: “On Sunday we played for 130 minutes and 95 minutes on Wednesday, so we need to value the recovery.

“We ran for 15 kilometres on Sunday on average, and the average of the last match was 12km.

“I need to value the recovery of every single player. Then we have to decide (the team).”

Chelsea’s club captain is Gary Cahill, but the defender has not played since November and is out of contract at the end of the season.

Cahill was linked with a January move to relegation-threatened Fulham, which did not transpire.

“I know very well in the dressing room he’s very important,” Sarri added.

“So we use him in the right way, I think. Because every player, every member of the staff knows very well he’s very important for our dressing room.”


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