Sarri Explains Kepa Recall After Fulham Win
Chelsea vs Man City: Kepa Arrizabalaga Speaks On Substitution Incident. PHOTO CREDIT: USA Today’s FTW

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Kepa Arrizabalaga deserved his recall for their 2-1 win at Fulham.

Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho brushed Fulham aside in a 2-1 west London derby win that leaves Chelsea five points off third-placed Spurs with a game in hand.

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Sarri said: “With another man, yes, of course. I could have done it in another way. With him, I know him very well and know very well it wasn’t the right solution.

“It was a normal decision, I think.

“Kepa made a big mistake. He paid for it with the club and the team. Now the situation is closed.

“There was only one other way: to put him out of the squad for the rest of the season. But Kepa is a man and understood, and reacted very well today.

“I could have killed him, but I think that was right.

“I spoke with him during this week and he understood. His behaviour during the week was really very good.”