The Kepa Arrizabalaga incident which involved his refusal to come out of the pitch refusing Maurizio Sarri’s words, that took place against the Manchester City team in the final not only brought about a fine for the player but also can get him out of the first line up in the match against Tottenham.
The incident took place during the Carabao Cup Final where Chelsea was matching against Manchester City
. It was during the moste – time with the goalkeeper player, Kepa Arrizabalaga seemed to have had an injury, he seemed to experience some kind of cramps. Manager, Maurizio Sarri was ready with Willy Caballero to replace the Spanish goalie but Kepa disagreed to leave off the pitch, despite his manager’s words. This infuriated Sarri and he almost stormed but Antonio Rudiger held him back. The reason why Sarri wanted Kepa to be replaced was that firstly, he was injured and this could affect his performance during the penalty shootout and secondly, Caballero who had played for Manchester City before could have done better at the shootouts against Manchester City But Kepa did not pay any heed to Sarri and refused to accept his substitution as he said he was fine to play the penalties. Maurizio Sarri reportedly said a fine is already imposed upon Kepa for his insubordination, but he can also be withdrawn from Chelsea’s starting lineup as punishment in the game against Tottenham. Chelsea lost the game against Manchester City (4-3 gained during penalty shootouts) even though Kepa saved a penalty. Even though Kepa apologized for his mistake to the club and the team members after he was severely criticized, Sarri feels that he has to face the consequences for his actions and hence the thought of dropping him
from the lineup.
The 27-year-old missed three matches because of the back injuries and on Thursday evening he made his first start since October 20th with Manchester United. Eden Hazard cannot play a full 90 minutes for Chelsea until after the international break against Tottenham. Hazard played for 62 minutes when Chelsea advanced to Europa League knockout stages with victory at BATE Borisov in Belarus, returning as a replacement last Sunday’s victory over Crystal Palace.
Asked if Hazard was ready to play a game against Everton on Sunday, head coach Maurizio Sarri said: “I am not sure. It depends on the intensity of the match.” Blues will try to expand their unbeaten start during Sarri to 18 competitive matches against Toffees, where London’s derby with Spurs follows Wembley on November 24th. The triumph on Palace saw Sarri equal 1994 record of Frank Clark which was remaining unbeaten in his first 11 Premier League game; avoid losing against Sarri and Everton will have a record for himself.
There are some media reports that Thibaut Courtois’ agent has urged Chelsea to accept the offer from Real Madrid. It is believed that the player wants to leave Chelsea because of family reasons and that he does not want to stay in London anymore.
However, Chelsea is reluctant to allow a player of his stature to leave before finding a quality replacement. It is believed that Real Madrid are prepared to meet the valuation of the player and it is up to Chelsea to accept the offer.