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It was a bizarre scene what happened in the Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City last season.
Both sides have played a goalless draw after 120 minutes of football, and Blues boss at the time Maurizio Sarri opted to take off Kepa Arrizabalaga to bring on Willy Caballero for the penalty shootout, but Kepa refused to be substituted.
The incident looked ugly as Kepa waved his hand to Sarri that he wasn’t going to leave the pitch against the manager’s will, and even his teammates couldn’t get him off the pitch. At the end, Manchester City won the shootout, and Kepa was blasted in the media and also got a match suspension from the club.
The 24-year-old goalkeeper has looked back at that incident and has again admitted that he isn’t proud of what happened. Kepa had apologised for his actions then, and he has now revealed that it was all a misunderstanding which was sorted out in the dressing room the day after the League Cup final.
“I am not proud about what happened, I lived [through] a good storm that weekend,” Kepa told Cadena SER.
“This is a situation that I never felt. He thought I was injured, everything went faster [than expected] and happened as it happened. I said sorry to everyone and Sarri explained to me how he felt after this, but we were in the spotlight this week.
“Internally, everything was solved and finished the day after Carabao Cup.
“From now I will ask the manager [questions] just in the half-time of the extra-time!”