Sarri praises Kepa’s ‘reaction’ after return to Chelsea side against Fulham

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has praised the reaction of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after his return to the team for Sunday’s 2-1 win at Fulham.

The Spaniard was dropped for the midweek win over Tottenham over the fall-out from the Carabao Cup Final defeat to Manchester City, with the 24-year-old refusing to be substituted for Willy Caballero with the game headed to a penalty shoot-out.

Sarri restored the goalkeeper to his line-up for the West London derby at Craven Cottage and was full of praise for Kepa following the game.

‘Very well. It was a normal decision [to play him]. Kepa made a big mistake, he paid with the club and the team, and now the situation is closed,’ Sarri told his post-match press conference.

‘Kepa is a man. He understood. His behaviour this week was very good. His reaction today was very good. I know the man. He is very clever, with a very good mentality. He made a mistake on a misunderstanding, but now it’s enough.

‘Also now I know very well Caballero is a very important goalkeeper and a very important man for our group and our dressing room. I have to find space also for him.’

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