All day long, sat waiting for the Chelsea starting XI to be announced, we wondered whether, after the shenanigans at Wembley on Sunday afternoon, if Kepa would be in the side.
Opinion, on Vital Chelsea, swayed one way and then the other, would he be included or would the young Spaniard be left out.
As it turned out, despite the Wembley incident being described as a misunderstanding, not only was Kepa fined a weeks’ wages but he was left out of the starting eleven that were to go on and beat Tottenham Hotspur, with Willy Caballero chosen.
Surprisingly, with Tottenham billed as Premier League title contenders, Caballero had very little to do with the only moment he was in trouble coming when a shot crashed against the bar.
After the game, when asked about his decision to drop Kepa, Sarri is reported by the BBC, as having remarked:
“It was very easy. Kepa made a big mistake and then paid with the club. In this match he has to pay with the team.
“It was only a message for all the team, the dressing room – we are a team and not 25 individuals. Now it is behind us and Kepa from tomorrow will be with us.”
Sarri obviously felt he had a point to prove but I wonder what the reaction, amongst the support, would have been if Chelsea had been beaten by our London rivals?
I guess, thankfully, we’ll never know.
As for when Kepa will return, my money is on this Sunday when Chelsea make the short trip down the road to take on relegation-threatened Fulham.
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