Kepa returns to Chelsea's starting XI for Fulham clash

Chelsea Leicester City and when firing the manager is riskier than keeping them

Chelsea Leicester City and when firing the manager is riskier than keeping them

Antonio Rüdiger and Chelsea gained two points on Arsenal and Tottenham this weekend as the North London derby played out to a 1-1 draw.

Robert Pires is tipping Chelsea FC to part company with Maurizio Sarri before the start of next season - and he says Zinedine Zidane would be a great appointment for the Blues. But it was a normal decision. But Kepa is a man and understood, and reacted very well. Now the situation is closed.

"I think so, otherwise it's impossible to do this job". He is very clever, with a very good mentality.

"Higuain played a very good match". "Kepa is a man".

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. "Because we were five points from the top four, but now we are only two points off. It depends only on us", he said. Going forward I think that if he cannot get the players to invest in his ideologies, his ties with Chelsea football club could be in danger.

Sarri signed Jorginho from Napoli because the Italy worldwide was familiar with his coaching demands and says Chelsea fans will not see the best of him until his team-mates are up to speed. "He made a mistake, but now that is enough".

Chelsea's plucky display to stifle Manchester City at Wembley and force the game into extra time and penalties was overshadowed by the row between Sarri and Kepa, as the Spaniard refused to be replaced by Willy Caballero ahead of the shootout.

These coming weeks will definitely decide if there is a place at Stamford Bridge for Mauricio Sarri; aiming for the Champions League spots they need points in all their premier league games and with the high standards of the modern game, they will need to perform in their Europa League matches against relatively weak opposition.

"Good to see Kepa back, hopefully he learns his lesson and kicks on from here", one Chelsea fan wrote upon seeing the team.

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. At first there was a downfall to Chelsea's Sarri-ball play.

Fulham were finding it impossible to stifle Willian and Azpilicueta down the right and the pair combined to tee up Higuain, whose powerful strike drew a brilliant one-handed save from Sergio Rico.

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