WILLY CABALLERO says Kepa Arrizabalaga has learned from his Wembley sub snub and praised his Chelsea team-mate fior his support.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri dropped his regular No1 Kepa for Wednesday’s victory over Spurs following his shocking Carabao Cup Final antics.
News Group Newspapers Ltd Willy Caballero kept a clean sheet for Chelsea against Spurs
EPA He replaced rebel stopper Kepa inbetween the sticks after the Spaniard’s Wembley antics
Veteran Caballero was instead named between the sticks with the Spaniard relegated to the bench.
And the 37-year-old Argentine kept a clean sheet as Pedro and a Kieran Trippier own goal secured a morale-boosting 2-0 win for Chelsea over their London neighbours and top four rivals.
But Caballero was quick to defend his young colleague, who was an unused substitute, after the match.
He told BT Sport: “We listen a lot about what happened the other day.
Getty Maurizio Sarri’s decision paid off against their neighbours
Getty Caballero insists Kepa, above, gave him great support leading up to the game
“But the very good news is that it doesn’t care what happened, we are ready also.
“Kepa was fantastic today, supporting me. I think he learned, we learned, and we are improving as a team.”
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Kepa, a big-money buy last summer, dropped to the turf with cramp during Sunday’s Wembley defeat to Manchester City and had also been suffering with a hamstring injury.
Under Sarri’s instruction, Caballero quickly stripped off and waited on the touchline to replace Kepa.
But amazingly the stopper failed to get on as Kepa refused to go off, bringing embarrassment on the Blues and leaving Sarri irate.
He was fined this week by the Stamford Bridge outfit for his actions and it remains to be seen whether he returns to the starting line-up to face Fulham on Sunday.
Sarri said after the win over Spurs: “Caballero is a good goalkeeper with great experience and he’s a great man for us, he’s very confident on the pitch and in the dressing room.”
Maurizio Sarri gives warning to his players that he is the boss as he drops rebel keeper Kepa