Chelsea player likely to start against Spurs despite cup final controversy

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

After Saturday’s disappointment, Tottenham will look to get back on track with a win over Chelsea on Wednesday night. Spurs’ London rivals come into the game on a poor run of form as manager Maurizio Sarri is under a lot of pressure to turn the results around if he is to continue in the role.

While Chelsea’s performance against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday was quite admirable, the game will be remembered for one controversial incident that occurred at the end of extra time.

Sarri and Chelsea’s coaching staff decided to take Kepa Arrizabalaga off and replace him with Willy Caballero, but to everybody shock, the Spanish stopper refused to come off despite the seeing the fourth official hold up his number.

Sarri appeared to be visibly angry at the goalkeeper’s antics as his refusal to come off seem to further undermine the Italian’s authority.

After the game, Arrizabalaga said that it just a case of miscommunication as he only wanted to express to his manager that he wasn’t injured. His manager has also echoed his goalkeeper’s words and insisted that the incident was merely due to a misunderstanding (BBC).

However, many doubt the explanations given by the pair as it was clear when the incident unfolded that the Chelsea manager was far from happy with his goalkeeper.

So as it stands, it looks as if Sarri will continue with Kepa in goal against Spurs, and with the Chelsea number 1 under pressure after his cup final antics, the likes of Kane, Son and Eriksen won’t be shy to test him early.

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