It was a bizarre scene at Wembley Stadium in the Carabao Cup final game between Chelsea and Manchester City on Sunday.
After a difficult game where both sides couldn’t get a goal, with the game heading towards the end of extra time, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri tried to sub off Kepa Arrizabalaga for Willy Caballero late in extra time.
However, Kepa refused to leave the pitch much to the frustration of Sarri despite the manager’s insistence that he should be subbed.
David Luiz was seen talking to Kepa while the incident was going on and he revealed that he told Kepa to obey the manager’s instruction.
“I told him to respect the decision of the coach,” the Brazilian said.
However, despite Luiz talking to Kepa, the Chelsea goalkeeper still refused to leave the pitch.
Kepa has come out to defend his actions as he has insisted that it was a misunderstanding between him and the manager.
“I don’t know how it went out, it is not the best image,” Arrizabalaga told reporters after the match. “I have spoken with the boss. I think it was misunderstood.
“I understand that on television, on social media, they’re talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go against the manager. We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say I’m fine. He thought I wasn’t fine. It was in tense moments, with a lot happening.
“Of course I did [see my number go up on the digital board]. But because of that, it was until the medics had got back to the bench to explain I was fine, that I could continue. It wasn’t that I was refusing to be substituted, it was a way of trying to tell the bench that I was fine.
“I think it was just misunderstood, and unfortunate, because now people are talking about this… I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know what to say, other than to say it was not my intention in any moment (to refuse).
“It has to be understood, too, that these were the last few minutes of a final, and I didn’t realise the reactions. It was only when I say they were going to change, I tried to say I was fine. It was the final minute, with a lot going on. I know the image it’s given, but I never intended to refuse to go off. It was only to say I was fine.
“I don’t think it has to be the major act of this final. I understand we played a good level against one of the best teams in the world. We were close to winning, obviously we’re sad that we didn’t, and I think the team needs to continue playing like this, because today we’ve shown we can compete against the best teams. Among the negatives, we have to take the positives.”