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Kepa drama didn't split Chelsea squad - Pedro


Kepa's pair of shootout saves make him the hero as Chelsea reach Europa League final

LONDON -- Eden Hazard signed off what looks likely to be his last Chelsea appearance at Stamford Bridge with the winning penalty, as Maurizio Sarri's men booked their place in the Europa League final with a dramatic shootout win over Eintracht Frankfurt following a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.


Chelsea still have hope of ending this roller-coaster season with silverware, Hazard can still sign off with a winners' medal and Sarri can still claim the first major trophy of his coaching career....

Chelsea's Sarri: I could have benched Kepa for rest of season

English Premier League: Jorginho (31') Fulham 1-2 Chelsea
English Premier League: Gonzalo Higuain (20') Fulham 0-1 Chelsea

LONDON -- Maurizio Sarri revealed he considered dropping Kepa Arrizabalaga for the rest of the season before restoring the Spain international to the Chelsea team for Sunday's hard-earned 2-1 win over Fulham.

Kepa, brought back into the starting XI exactly a week after refusing to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, made key saves from Aleksandar Mitrovic in each half as Chelsea withstood sustained spells of Fulham pressure to maintain their top-four challenge.


Kepa Arrizabalaga 8/10, Antonio Rudiger 7/10 as Chelsea hold off Fulham

LONDON -- Chelsea gained ground on Tottenham and Arsenal in the Premier League top-four race with a hard-earned 2-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, courtesy of first-half goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho.


This was another win for Maurizio Sarri, delivered in difficult conditions against highly motivated opponents. Chelsea weren't at their best but they took their opportunities in the first half and showed plenty of resilience in the second. Tougher tests await in the Premier...

Kepa spat brought Chelsea closer together - Sarri

LONDON -- Maurizio Sarri believes his public confrontation with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Carabao Cup final has brought everyone at Chelsea closer together.

Chelsea fined Kepa earlier this week for his refusal to be substituted in extra time against Manchester City at Wembley, and Sarri subsequently dropped the club's record signing for Wednesday's 2-0 victory over bitter rivals Tottenham in the Premier League. 

Earlier this week, Pedro told ESPN that Kepa's act of public insubordination...

Chelsea's Sarri: Kepa spat over, but Caballero could start vs. Fulham

The Exploding Heads are back to review February where David Silva complicates emoji's, Solskjaer's Man United win again and Kepa was benched after his Carabao Cup final antics.
Despite Maurizio Sarri benching Kepa Arrizabalaga after his Carabao Cup antics, Chelsea added to Tottenham's woes with a comfortable 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

LONDON -- Maurizio Sarri has said he considers his public spat with Kepa Arrizabalaga "closed" but has not yet decided if he will restore the goalkeeper to Chelsea's starting XI against Fulham.

Kepa was dropped for Chelsea's 2-0 win over Tottenham on Wednesday after being fined by the club for defying Sarri's attempt to substitute him in the closing stages of the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

Sarri said he was determined not to "kill" Kepa following the incident and still...

Sarri dropping Kepa galvanised Chelsea, could start to alter the narrative at Stamford Bridge

Despite Maurizio Sarri benching Kepa Arrizabalaga after his Carabao Cup antics, Chelsea added to Tottenham's woes with a comfortable 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

LONDON -- While Stamford Bridge rose in acclaim at full-time, Willy Caballero found himself at the centre off a celebratory huddle. David Luiz, Pedro and Antonio Rudiger took some time to embrace their goalkeeper and so, too, did the members of Chelsea's coaching staff who greeted him in turn at the mouth of the tunnel.

Caballero had not been called upon to save a single shot all evening against an insipid Tottenham; a resounding 2-0 derby win outwardly owed little to the 37-year-old yet, at...