Kepa Arrizabalaga’s refusal to be substituted in Chelsea’s League Cup defeat to Manchester City on Sunday is disrespectful to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri and a big decision has to be made.
That incident would never happen in the Manchester City team and Kepa’s attitude shows his lack of respect for Chelsea boss and Willy Caballero.
Kepa has achieved nothing in football to disrespect the manager of one of the biggest clubs in world football and if he isn’t disciplined, the other players in the squad would do same to Sarri in future. Kepa’s attitude showed he wasn’t thinking about the success of the team but his own self.
Sarri’s decision to bring on Willy Caballero for the penalty shootout was the right thing to do as the Argentine goalkeeper is known for his ability to save penalties. One of his penalty heroics was saving three penalties in the 2016 EFL Cup final shootout for Manchester City against Liverpool.
Caballero also has the added advantage of knowing how the Manchester City players take their penalties as he used to play for them before joining Chelsea in the summer of 2017.
Whether Kepa won Chelsea the game against City or not, his attitude on the pitch was irritating and I have never seen a player do that in all my years of watching football.
Sarri was furious with Kepa’s decision to come off and the Italian has every right to be angry. Sarri stormed off the pitch and made for the tunnel, before returning to the touchline.
Any decision Sarri takes after Kepa’s attitude in the loss to Manchester City should be backed by the board and Chelsea fans.