Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted during extra time in the League Cup final loss to Manchester City on Sunday. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri furiously demanded Kepa came off but the goalkeeper refused and insisted he wanted to play on.
Sarri stormed off towards the tunnel after Kepa refused to come off before returning to the touchline.
Sarri has played down the row with Kepa Arrizabalaga. Speaking after the loss to Manchester City, Sarri claimed his furious row with Kepa was only a ‘misunderstanding’.
“I understood there was a problem and we needed a change, then I realised the situation only when the doctor arrived to the bench after 4 minutes, so it was a big misunderstanding,” Sarri said.
“I understood that the goalkeeper had cramp, so for me he was unable to go to the penalties. But the problem was not a cramp, so he was able to go to the penalties.
“On his decision to nearly walk down the tunnel, the Chelsea boss added: ‘I needed only to return to be quiet. As I said the goalkeeper understood that I asked a change, for his physical problem, and he said that I haven’t a physical problem, so he was right I think.”
Sarri also revealed he would speak with the goalkeeper but won’t discipline him.
“No, I have to talk with him, but only to clarify, because now I have understood very well the situation,” Sarri added.