Kepa Arrizabalaga justifies his Chelsea recall with superb performance against Fulham


That is the view of refereeing chief David Elleray, commenting in the wake of Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga's decision to defy his manager's instruction to come off during their Carabao Cup Final defeat to Manchester City. But, with another man, yes of course. I spoke with him during this week and he understood. With him, I know him very well and know very well it wasn't the right solution [to omit him]. We don't get involved in who plays, who doesn't play. "I have no injury doubts but it is very important to value the recovery", the Italian said in his pre-match press conference. "With him, I know him very well and know very well it wasn't the right solution". He is very clever, with a very good mentality. "He made a mistake, but now that is enough".

I feel the same as before, but happier because the results are positive. "It is not easy in a first season in this team".

"For our confidence, it was important to play at the same level against City after the match in the Premier League". We didn't kill the match and then in the last 20-25 minutes we were really very exhausted - physically but also mentally.

Chelsea spurned further chances to add to their advantage but held on to secure their first Premier League away win of 2019 and close the gap on fourth-placed Manchester United to two points.

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The Belgian worldwide has now scored four goals in his last two games in the Premier League. It's not easy. We have to fight until the last minute of the last match [against Tottenham].

Scott Parker made just one change from Fulham's last match as Sessegnon replaced Anguissa.

Moments after the recalled Kepa Arrizabalaga nearly presented Fulham with a goal by dropping a straightforward cross, Higuain put the visitors in front with just his third Blues goal since his January arrival on loan from Juventus. We still need consistency and still to continue, especially with the performances.

Willian will be hoping for a recall in attack but Pedro was excellent during the win over Tottenham after scoring the vital opening goal so the Spaniard should keep his place alongside Hazard and Higuain.