Souness: Chelsea boss Sarri should never have recalled Kepa

Souness: Chelsea boss Sarri should never have recalled Kepa

Souness: Chelsea boss Sarri should never have recalled Kepa

According to The Metro, the 60-year-old Italian, who replaced compatriot Antonio Conte at Chelsea last summer was under intense pressure last month after heavy defeats by Bournemouth and Manchester City in back-to-back away games. Jorginho impressed in his early days at Chelsea as Sarri went unbeaten in his first 12 games as manager.

Yet barely six minutes later Craven Cottage erupted when Calum Chambers drifted unmarked to the back post and scored from a Ryan Babel cross following a corner. We have to fight to the last minute of the last match, he said.

As a punishment for his Wembley defiance, Sarri had dropped Arrizabalaga for the midweek defeat of Tottenham Hotspur and the Spaniard, who apologised to the club and his team mates for his actions, was also fined a week's wages.

"Sarri is a very good manager and he performed very well with Napoli, but it's hard to see him at the club next season".

Revealing he didn't tell Kepa he had been recalled until a team meeting on the day of the game, Sarri said: 'He played very well.

And he acknowledges Fulham's likely relegation will provoke questions.

Vital wins over Tottenham and Fulham have kept Chelsea in the race for a top-four finish and given Sarri a little breathing space
Vital wins over Tottenham and Fulham have kept Chelsea in the race for a top-four finish and given Sarri a little breathing space

"There were a lot of factors that made us think, "Wow!" I know very well the man. He made a big mistake, he paid for it.

"I just tried to free him up". "You learn how to deal with the press; it is very specialised, they have top commentators [with] great experience in football, the journalists are also very clever in using the emotion of football in Italy".

'Kepa is a man. I hope our fans understand Jorginho is an important player'. His reaction today was really very good.

A season that started so promisingly for both Chelsea and Sarri has quickly gone sour with the eight-time Premier League champions now firmly embroiled in a dogfight for top-four.

By doing so, the Blues were able to play the counter-attacking style that numerous first team used to win the title two short years ago. At first there was a downfall to Chelsea's Sarri-ball play.

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