Maurizio Sarri praised the response of Kepa Arrizabalaga after he played a key role in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Fulham on Sunday.
Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho ensured Chelsea inflicted a losing start on Fulham caretaker boss Scott Parker, and kept them in contention to finish in the top four.
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The decisive goal came just three minutes after Calum Chambers had equalised, while Kepa made fine saves to deny Cottagers star Aleksandar Mitrovic on two occasions.
Kepa – the world’s most expensive goalkeeper at £71.6million from Athletic Bilbao – ignored Sarri’s attempts to replace him in last Sunday’s Carabao Cup final loss to City, with penalties looming.
Initially downplayed as a misunderstanding over an injury, Kepa was fined and dropped for Wednesday’s win over Tottenham, with Willy Caballero starting in his place.
“It was a normal decision (to recall him),” Sarri said. “The reaction today was really very good. He paid with the club, with the team. Now the situation is closed.”Copyright © 2021 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.