LONDON – Maurizio Sarri insists Kepa Arrizabalaga is still Chelsea's first choice goalkeeper despite dropping the rebellious Spaniard for Wednesday's 2-0 win over Tottenham.
Sarri axed Kepa following his star's astonishing mutiny in the League Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday when he refused to be substituted after suffering an extra-time injury at Wembley.
With Argentine veteran Willy Caballero in goal while Kepa languished on the bench, Sarri's side recorded a vital Premier League victory against their London rivals at Stamford Bridge.
Kepa was fined one week's wages by Chelsea for his behaviour, but Sarri appeared keen to draw a line under the damaging row when he faced the media after the Tottenham game.
Asked if Kepa was still his number one, Sarri said: “Of course. I think it was the right decision. Kepa made a big mistake, he paid with the club and then he had to pay with the team.