Chelsea rebel Kepa DROPPED by Sarri for Spurs game
Kepa made headlines for all the wrong reasons when he refused to leave the Wembley pitch despite being called off by manager Sarri toward the end of extra time during the game against Manchester City.
The Spanish keeper, 24, subsequently issued an apology and was fined a week’s wages by the club – with Sarri putting the ugly incident down to a “misunderstanding” – but the Italian has seen fit to drop Kepa from the starting 11 for Wednesday night's game against Spurs at Stamford Bridge.
His place will be taken by Argentine stopper Willy Caballero, the man who was due to step in on Sunday to face the penalty shootout against former club City.
Sarri had said in the build-up to Wednesday’s game at the Bridge that he was undecided over whether Kepa would keep his place.Also on rt.com 'I made a big mistake': Chelsea stopper Kepa apologizes, fined week's wages after Cup Final sub snub
"It will be a decision for the group. For all the players,” Sarri said at a Tuesday press conference, the BBC reported.
"He has to [be mentally ready to play]. He made a mistake. A big mistake. There are some consequences. If the consequence is to play, he has to be ready to play. If the consequence is the bench, he has to be ready to go to the bench."Also on rt.com ‘He should never play for Chelsea again’: Kepa slammed after refusing to be subbed by manager Sarri
The Italian has now appeared to lay down a marker amid questions surrounding his control over the team.
Wednesday's game is key for both teams' fates moving forward this season.
Third-placed Spurs are looking to put Saturday’s shock defeat to Burnley behind them and keep their slim title hopes alive, while sixth-placed Chelsea are aiming to haul themselves back into the top four and Champions League places.
Defeat for Chelsea could also hasten Sarri’s exit toward the door after a disastrous run of form which has led to big questions over his future.