Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted during Chelsea’s League Cup loss to Manchester City on Sunday.
With the game heading to penalties, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri opted to bring on Willy Caballero but Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany admitted after the game that Caballero coming in for Kepa before the penalty shootout could have affected City psychologically after Caballero helped Manchester City beat Liverpool in the League Cup final in 2017 by saving three penalties.
“I know how good Willy is on penalties, last time we won against Liverpool he won the pens and if he comes on that’s another mind game. We had the confidence to score the penalties,” Kompany said after Manchester City beat Chelsea on penalties in the League Cup final on Sunday.
“I’ve never seen that. I wish I could do that every now and then.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea legend John Terry has accused Kepa Arrizabalaga of disrespecting Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri after he refused to be substituted in the League Cup loss against Manchester City.
According to Terry, once your number goes up as a player, you have to show some respect by leaving the pitch.
“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.”
Terry also backed Sarri 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.”