There have been claims that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has lost command of the dressing room after the incident that took place between Chelsea and Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday evening.
With the game heading towards penalty shootout, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri sought to take off Kepa and bring in Willy Caballero for the shootout, but the Chelsea number one refused to leave the pitch, much to the frustrations of Sarri who was livid on the touchline.
There have been calls for Chelsea to sanction Kepa for openly disobeying the manager, but Chelsea defender David Luiz has tried to calm the situation and has insisted that Sarri has the respect of the players.
“The coach has the power over the group. He has our respect,” Luiz insisted after the game.
“People can think in a negative way or a positive way. It is about our lives, it is always like that. People are negative, people are positive, people are happy, they are sad. For me there is not a problem here for that.
“We all believe in his philosophy, we all believe in the way he wants us to play. That’s why we did a great game against the best team in Europe at the moment. Apart from that, it was a misunderstanding and we all want to do what is best for Chelsea.
“It is never easy for us to listen from afar. I didn’t know if the coach wanted to make the change because it was his decision or because he [Kepa] had already been on the floor twice. Kepa was saying ‘No, I’m good, I can stay on the pitch’, but from far you can’t understand. You have the fans too, they start to boo.
“I’m sure if Kepa knew the coach wished to change him because it was his decision, he would have come off because he is a great professional, he is a great boy and would respect that.
“But I think he just didn’t know if the coach was changing him because he was on the floor twice or if he wanted to change him because it was his decision.”