The Spaniard was fined one week’s wages and dropped to the bench for the sport on Wednesday evening.
The world’s costliest goalkeeper sat out Chelsea’s 2-Zero win over Tottenham to repay his teammates for his actions through the Carabao Cup remaining, Blues head coach Maurizio Sarri says.
Chelsea’s Four-Three shootout loss to Manchester Metropolis throughout final Sunday’s remaining was overshadowed by Kepa’s refusal to be substituted simply earlier than the much-anticipated penalty shootout.
Initially downplayed as a “misunderstanding”, the 24-year-old was subsequently fined one week’s wages and dropped to the bench as Willy Caballero changed him on the pitch. Caballero managed to maintain a clear sheet, and with Pedro’s strike adopted by an personal objective by Kieren Trippier noticed the Blues to victory.
“I believe it was the correct determination,” Sarri mentioned.
“Kepa made an enormous mistake, he paid with the membership after which he needed to pay with the group.”
Sarri insisted Kepa, a £71.6million purchase from Athletic Bilbao final summer season, stays his first alternative, however he’ll share goalkeeping duties with Willy Caballero within the subsequent two video games, with Dynamo Kiev following the Craven Cottage journey.
Sarri says Kepa found his demotion within the group assembly, whereas Caballero was untested as Tottenham’s troubles continued and Chelsea’s top-four hopes had been reignited.
Spurs are third, seven factors forward of sixth-placed Chelsea, who’ve a sport in hand, and will probably be wanting over their shoulders, Sarri says.
He added: “I believe perhaps with this outcome we may contain Tottenham on this battle. The hole could be very giant, seven factors, however now we have one match (in hand).”
Sarri’s place has been precarious and he doesn’t count on the Spurs win to finish questions over his future.
“I spoke with the membership two, 3 times within the final days. The issue wasn’t so huge,” Sarri mentioned.
“It’s not an enormous drawback for me. On this job, you might be underneath strain each week, if you happen to’re fortunate each six months. It’s regular.
“For those who lose two matches, three matches in a row you’re underneath strain. I believe it’s regular for each coach, perhaps one thing extra in Chelsea.”
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Spurs subsequent face Arsenal on Saturday after following up the Burnley loss with one other at Chelsea which didn’t characteristic a shot on track.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino had a easy reply for his aspect’s disappointing show at Chelsea.
“We didn’t shoot and I believe we weren’t constant sufficient,” he mentioned.
Requested if he was involved about Tottenham’s top-four place, with Arsenal 4 factors behind in fourth and Manchester United a degree additional again, Pochettino mentioned: “It’s not a drama.
“We must be able to compete and provides our greatest. If we win, I’ll be glad. If we don’t win, I’ll be as sad as I’m now.
“It’s about being calm. It gained’t change my evaluation of the gamers.
“We have to assist them, raise them and assist them to compete on Saturday.”
Harry Kane’s composure slipped at instances, together with in altercations with David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Pochettino added: “He fought immediately, ran immediately and was on the pitch. Good stage on the pitch, bodily and mentally.”