Chelsea captain Azpilicueta: Tottenham in top-four battle

Posted March 08, 2019

El-Confidential learnt that Abramovich was angry with Kepa Arrizabalaga's attitude during the final in the Carabao Cup against Manchester City and the Russian billionaire wants the former Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper sold. Their game in-hand is at home to Brighton. "I think it's very important to move on quickly from that".

"There are principles, but there are also other reasons to make you have some common sense and try to take it in the right way".

Chelsea XI to play Fulham: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Higuain, Hazard.

This was an important victory for Chelsea, whose Champions League fate is still in their own hands - Sarri's side are now two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United but have played one game fewer due to their participation in the League Cup final.

Caballero helped Manchester City to win the League Cup by saving three penalties to overcome Liverpool in the final. From beleaguered to bullish, Maurizio Sarri's Blues now scent Champions League qualification.

It was initially seen as an act of defiance which undermined Sarri, but the 60-year-old Blues boss seems to be in a stronger position now, after Kepa was fined and dropped for the defeat of Spurs.

"But now I know very well that Caballero is a very good goalkeeper and an important man for our group and our dressing room, so I have to find space for him".

Another man who found a measure of redemption at Craven Cottage was Jorginho, who netted the game's decisive goal - and his first for Chelsea since the opening day of the season - after this week pledging to win over the supporters who have criticised him.

Speaking in an interview with bwin, Pires said: "It's a very unusual situation with Chelsea and how they treat their managers". Leicester City fired Claude Puel in late February, and then Claudio Ranieri (who replaced Slaviša Jokanović earlier this season) suffered the same fate at relegation-doomed Fulham.

"I am lucky for this because we have really two very, very good goalkeepers".

Responses to Chelsea's birthday wishes on Twitter soon flooded in with one joking that he 'is the only player that hasn't let me down this season'.

"He's had the weight on his shoulders the last few months, and he hasn't been playing well", Parker added. I said it to all of them. "He understood and reacted really very well".