Chelsea legend John Terry has accused Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga of disrespecting Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri after his refusal to be substituted in Chelsea’s League Cup loss to Manchester City on Sunday.
Sarri wanted Willy Caballero (who saved three penalties for Manchester City in the League Cup win over Liverpool in 2017) to replace Kepa.
“Once your number goes up you have to come off and show a bit of respect,” former Chelsea captain Terry said on Sky Sports. “Deal with that after. That’s the last thing the players want.
“It’s certainly not the end of it it’s clouded a good performance. It’s taken the shine off a good performance, it’s disappointing. We’ll see what happens.”
Sarri’s next move will be closely watched after the incident that happened in the loss to Manchester City and Terry has urged the Italian to deal with the incident immediately.
“I think in a tough place, I’m surprised he didn’t come on and force him off,” Terry added.
“I would expect the manager to deal with it immediately.
“It’ll be interesting how the 48 hours pan out, I thought it was going to be it. There’s managers that will have come on and make him come off.
“Is it a tactical time wasting one to force penalties? We don’t know the conversations.”
Terry believes Chelsea’s performance against Manchester City could have been a platform to kick on from but Kepa’s attitude has now put a big cloud over Chelsea’s performance against Manchester City.
“This could have been a platform to kick on,” added Terry.
“That overtakes the whole game. It puts a big cloud over the performance. Where does that leave the rest of the Premier League players?”
When asked what he would say to the goalkeeper after the game if he was in the dressing room, Terry added: “I’m not sure (what to say) It’s tough one for the players on the pitch. You have to go off. It’s a difficult for the players, it’s not their responsibility. It’ll be interesting if he plays the next game.”