UNDER-FIRE Kepa Arrizabalaga was again at work on Monday as Chelsea bought right down to coaching at Cobham.
The goalkeeper drew criticism after his stunning refusal to be subbed in Sunday’s defeat by Manchester Metropolis within the Carabao Cup closing.
Kepa joined the remainder of yesterday’s starters doing restoration work indoors on the membership’s HQ.
In the meantime supervisor Maurizio Sarri and the remainder of the squad skilled open air within the Surrey sunshine.
SunSport understands that Kepa stayed on the coaching floor an hour longer than this team-mates to finish his heat down.
Whereas some outfield gamers might have gone exterior for a run, Kepa’s routine all takes place indoors and consists of work within the pool.
The Blues suffered penalty shoot-out heartache within the Carabao Cup Ultimate after a much-improved show led to a goalless draw with Manchester Metropolis – simply two weeks after they had been thrashed 6-Zero by the reigning Premier League champions.
But it surely was Kepa who dominated the headlines after the beautiful scenes that occurred within the dying seconds of extra-time.
The 24-year-old goalkeeper slumped to the bottom in ache with cramp and seemed to be too damage to proceed as his boss Sarri ordered No2 Willy Caballero to get stripped and prepared for motion.
Caballero duly obliged and stood on the touchline prepared for motion, however amazingly regardless of his quantity being up, the £71.6m summer season signing refused to obey Sarri’s orders to go away the pitch – leaving his supervisor completely livid and briefly storming down the tunnel in rage.
ALAN SHEARER Sarri had each proper to hammer Kepa for undermining his authority
Each coach and participant tried to defuse the scenario afterwards, claiming it was a misunderstanding, however the actions of Kepa led to an indignant response from supporters and ex-Chelsea stars.
The Blues squad re-assembled at their coaching base this afternoon to arrange for his or her Prem conflict with Tottenham on Wednesday.
Caballero – robbed of a possibility to be the Blues’ shoot-out hero – was among the many first to report for responsibility on Monday.
As was captain Cesar Azpilicueta, blasted by many for not serving to to pressure Kepa off the pitch on Sunday.
Raheem Sterling’s decisive strike received the spot-kick lottery for Metropolis Four-Three, with each Jorginho and David Luiz responsible of lacking their efforts for the West London aspect.
However the much-maligned midfielder and Brazilian defender had been proper again at it earlier as they rocked up for work.
With Luiz’s fellow countryman Willian one other star noticed driving by the gates of their Surrey base.
Chelsea head in to the conflict with Spurs determined for a morale-boosting victory that will assist to carry the strain on Sarri.
They’re at the moment sixth within the desk and sit three factors of fourth-placed Arsenal, though they do have a sport in hand.