Willy Caballero has begged Chelsea fans not to boo Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after his now infamous refusal to be substituted in place of Caballero in Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final loss to Manchester City.
Kepa was axed for Caballero in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Tottenham on Wednesday night.
Kepa was booed by sections of Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night and Caballero has now urged fans to lay-off Kepa.
“I hope the fans don’t hold it against him,” said Caballero.
“We make mistakes because we are human beings, we are people. That’s it. This can be the same for top players or experienced players, we make mistakes in our lives, in our jobs.
“The good result of this is we have found a lot of people near to him to help him. We trained very well the next day to prepare for the game.
“The boss decided to put me in the goal and he (Kepa) was supporting me in the warm-up and everything so I think we are in good harmony. We must keep going like this because as keepers we must support each other.
“We spoke about it after the incident and it was good to have a chat with him. I think he learned a lot from what happened, we learned a lot as a team and as a club.
“Sometimes these things put players apart but in this case we are more together than ever. It was a strange situation that everybody has to watch. We had to pass it. I had to live with it, we had to live with it.
“But everybody that was involved in what happened, learned something. This just brings something good in the atmosphere of the team, that’s the good news, that we went through this.
“Of course it was probably very important (what happened) because it was in a final, but it doesn’t matter. We improved a lot and we are more together than ever.”