Willy Caballero told Kepa to 'keep going' after he was dropped for Chelsea vs Spurs


Kepa Arrizabalaga's public bust-up with Maurizio Sarri at Wembley last Sunday sent Chelsea fans into meltdown.

It overshadowed their Carabao Cup final performance which despite the loss, was far better than what we've seen in recent weeks. 

In fact, the situation even took over most of the talk ahead of Wednesday's London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham.

Before the game, Sarri hinted that he had a key decision to make over who to start in goal.

He made the brave choice to drop Kepa and instead it was Willy Caballero who started between the sticks at Stamford Bridge. 

Some fans were predicting that defeat to Spurs would see the Italian sacked and therefore, leaving his first choice keeper on the bench could have seriously backfired. 

But it didn't. Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners thanks to Pedro's second-half finish and a rather bizarre own goal from Kieran Trippier. 

After a victory that keeps their top four hopes alive, Kepa's public spat with his coach suddenly doesn't look so bad. 

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Still, that didn't stop the questions coming at full-time and one of those came to Caballero, who was asked to lift the lid on how he felt about playing instead of the club's number one. 

"When the boss confirmed the team I was surprised. I felt blessed to have the chance to play," he revealed, per the Mirror.

On top of that, the Argentine also revealed he had a discussion with Kepa ahead of kickoff and that the Spaniard took the news of being dropped quite well. 


"I said to Kepa: ‘Keep going. I know it is a tough decision but you must keep going’. He said the same to me. We support each other.

"The boss decided to put me in and Kepa was supporting me in the warm-up. We are in good harmony. We must keep going like this because as keepers we must support each other."

Chelsea fans will no doubt be happy to hear that there was no animosity between their two keepers and that Kepa took Sarri's decision well. 

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Three points against Spurs no doubt made the situation a whole lot better, too. 

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