What a difference three days can make!
On Sunday night, at the back of a painful loss to Manchester City in the final of the League Cup, Chelsea were being trashed by the media for the mutiny in the dressing room and how Caballero is an unwanted victim in the Kepa-Sarri incident.
The manager worked with the players in unison over the two days, got Kepa fined and stamped his authority further by benching him in favour of Willy Caballero. Caballero was supposed to have a tough assignment but Chelsea nullified Spurs brilliantly. And now former Chelsea player, Joe Cole believes Caballero’s fine display should allow him to continue in goal for the next match at least.
“I think the manager’s in such a strong position,” Cole said. “He made the right decision, the points are in the pocket. I think he leaves him in. And by the way he’s a full international, he’s a very good goalkeeper. He’s played for Manchester City, he’s played for big clubs, he won’t let you down. Sometimes the goalkeepers, you might say he’s not had much to do.”
“By the way, he would have marshalled that defence, with his experience, telling them where to go. Chelsea looked solid and the players in front of him looked like they were organised. They were outstanding tonight defensively.”
All in all, the cards are in Sarri’s pocket.