Kepa's fate in the balance as Chelsea bid to ease Sarri pressure

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refuses to leave the pitch after his proposed substitution during the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refuses to leave the pitch after his proposed substitution during the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley

Speaking ahead of his first game in a dugout against former side Chelsea on Sunday, Parker revealed that he had received a number of calls since being announced as caretaker manager, with one call in particular standing out among the rest.

Whether Sarri feels compelled to recall Kepa after his slap on the wrist is the key question hanging over Chelsea as they make the short trip to take on struggling Fulham at Craven Cottage.

"We need to continue, first of all, with the performance because the result is only a outcome", Sarri added.

"I think he needs to improve his physical condition especially for acceleration and then he will score, of course".

Sarri has come under scrutiny this season, with his side now five points off the Champions League places, but the Italian insists he felt more pressure during his time in charge of Napoli.

It is Sarri who has been under examination of late, with heavy defeats at Bournemouth and Manchester City and the negative reaction of fans to the FA Cup exit to Manchester United rendering his position precarious.

That is, if the club are successful in meeting Premier League home grown regulations, which shouldn't be a problem.

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That's how it is. "The boys showed how much they enjoy the game and the situation", a delighted Klopp told the BBC . Against Watford though they were excellent and created chances from the outset, tearing the opposition apart.

'My pressure was the same, ' Sarri added.

"So every match is very hard and mentally very expensive". "I have no injury doubts but it is very important to value the recovery", the Italian said in his pre-match press conference. Also for me, with my staff and players. "In England, the season is really very hard". I think that he can do better.

"I think that he played very well in the last match [against Tottenham], better in the second half than in the first half".

Following Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea was £57 million midfielder Jorginho, who arrived in west London on the same day that the club secured their new manager after protracted negotiations.

"Yesterday - I don't really have many friends - the phone was just pinging away", said Parker. "The players ran 15 kilometres on Sunday on average and the average of the last match was 12, so we need to consider it".

"We all understand the football world, there's times when things are going well and you see the love".

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