"As I said before the Kepa situation is now closed and he is our first goalkeeper, but we are very happy for Willy because now we know very well he is able play in a very hard match". I am sure that it was only a misunderstanding at the beginning, a big mistake at the end of the situation.
A week ago, Maurizio Sarri found himself in what was probably the thickest muddle since accepting the reins at Chelsea - as Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to get substituted, against the wishes of the Chelsea boss.
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Sarri said: "He played very well".
The former Premier League referee indicated it is more appropriate for captains to wade in if a player should refuse to leave the field like Chelsea's Kepa did during Sunday's Carabao Cup final defeat by Manchester City. But Kepa is a man and understood, and reacted very well. His reaction today was really very good.More news: President Trump, Kim Jong Un meet for second day of summit talks
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Asked if he could have left Kepa on the sidelines for the remainder of the season, Sarri replied: "Considering the man, no - because I know him very well". I think that he can do better.
"When there is a very hard experience you can come out always different than before: better or worse".
Chelsea are now occupying sixth position on the Premier League standings with 53 points after 27 games played this term.
"I'm very, very happy for him because he scored, but my opinion about Jorginho is the same", Sarri added. "It is not easy in a first season in this team". We didn't kill the match and then in the last 20-25 minutes we were really very exhausted - physically but also mentally. We lost a final only on penalties, but we played really a very good match.
Willian will be hoping for a recall in attack but Pedro was excellent during the win over Tottenham after scoring the vital opening goal so the Spaniard should keep his place alongside Hazard and Higuain. We still need consistency and still to continue, especially with the performances.