In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Joe Cole discusses Maurizio Sarri’s decision to drop Kepa Arrizabalaga against Tottenham, former Premier League referees Mark Halsey and Mark Clattenburg believe Harry Kane should have been sent off in the derby match and John Terry reveals that he doesn’t miss playing football after hanging up his boots.
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Cole agrees with dropping of Kepa
Appearing on BT Sport ahead of Chelsea’s derby clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, ex-Blue Joe Cole said Maurizio Sarri was correct in his decision to leave Kepa Arrizabalaga out of his starting line-up.
The Spaniard was fined by the club after his refusal to come off during last Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City and Sarri opted to bench him for the evening with Willy Caballero coming in as his replacement.
‘I think he’s done it spot on,' said Cole of Sarri’s decision. ‘We were all talking earlier, what’s he going to do? He’s done absolutely the right thing. He’s asserted, he’s the leader, this is the message, of the team.
‘I think he’ll live or die by it tonight. The pressure is on Willy Caballero to perform, but the message in the long term is "listen this is my team, my group, no one is going to step out of line", and I applaud him for it, I think it’s a great decision.’
Former refs feel Kane deserved red card
Ex-Premier League referees Mark Halsey and Mark Clattenburg believe Harry Kane was fortunate not to be sent off in the derby game after he appeared to headbutt Cesar Azpilicueta during the first half.
Speaking to The Sun, Halsey said that Kane could face retrospective action if referee Andre Marriner reports that he missed the incident.
‘Harry Kane was a lucky boy not to be sent off,’ he said. ‘The Tottenham striker clearly moved his head into Cesar Azpilicueta’s face and pictures show that he made contact with the Spaniard.
‘And Kane could now face a three-match ban for violent conduct. A three-man Football Association panel will look at the incident and decide whether the England captain should be charged retrospectively.’
Writing in the Daily Mail, Clattenburg concurred with that view.
‘I have experienced just how competitive matches between Chelsea and Tottenham can be and Kane lost his cool with Cesar Azpilicueta in the first half,’ he said.
‘The Tottenham striker deliberately moved his head towards the Chelsea captain. There looked to be minimal contact with Azpilicueta but it does not matter how severe it was.
‘Even if it was an attempted headbutt, that still carries the same punishment — a red card.
‘Fortunately for Kane, Azpilicueta did not make a meal of it. The incident seemed to be missed by the match officials and the FA could now take retrospective action against Kane.’
Terry doesn’t miss pressure of playing
Terry announced his retirement in October after a highly successful 20-year career but Chelsea’s captain, leader, legend admitted he doesn’t miss being in the glare of the spotlight as a player.
‘It's funny because you watch games like the League Cup final, you want to still be playing, but the pressures that surround it, and the pressures I put myself under later on in my career, I probably didn't enjoy, and that's why I'm enjoying retirement,’ said the 38-year-old.
Now an assistant coach under Dean Smith at Aston Villa, Terry is looking to build a successful managerial career.
‘As a player, you turn up for training, go out and there will be a mention of the set-up, the small-sided pitches, tactical set-up, but you don't really think about the hour or two before that has gone into that, or the thought process involved in it,’ he said.
‘Seeing that side of it has been huge for me, and it's a learning year for me. That's what I want to take from it.’