Maurizio Sarri Sent Fierce Kepa Warning – Tottenham Fans Will LOVE This

That’s the verdict of former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp.

Kepa sparked controversy during yesterday’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City when he refused to come off late on in extra-time.

Maurizio Sarri was keen to bring penalty expert Willy Caballero on ahead of the impending shootout but despite having been treated for an injury, Kepa was desperate to finish the game.

Chelsea are hanging on in the race to finish in the top four and they have a crucial clash with fierce rivals Tottenham on Wednesday.

“Kepa should not be vilified for this incident.”Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp.

And Redknapp believes Sarri now faces a dilemma about who starts in between the sticks, handing Spurs the edge.

“There will be calls for the Kepa to be dropped and even sanctioned by the club,” he told the Daily Mail.

“But if Chelsea come down hard on him, they are cutting off their nose to spite their face.

“Everyone at the club has to draw a line under this as quickly as possible.

“Chelsea are in an intense battle for the top four and face Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. They simply cannot afford to go into that huge clash — and indeed the rest of the season — without their first-choice goalkeeper.

“I cannot imagine the club would wish to jettison him just six months after they spent a world-record £71.6million to sign him from Athletic Bilbao.

“Kepa should not be vilified for this incident. He hasn’t done this consciously to embarrass his boss.

“Remember, this is a young man in his first final for his new club.

“His actions showed his determination to finish the job after shutting out a Manchester City side that have scored a staggering 127 goals in all competitions this season.

“If this is to be the end for Sarri, it won’t be this final that has got him the sack.

“Look instead to the 2-0 defeat by Arsenal, the 4-0 drubbing at Bournemouth or the 6-0 by City.

“Whether they did it for their manager, Chelsea’s players grafted unbelievably hard to take City to penalties only a fortnight after that 6-0 hammering.

“They must try to build from here and channel all their efforts into making the top four.”

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