Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga insists his refusal to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City was not a display of disrespect to manager Maurizio Sarri.
Sarri attempted to replace Kepa with reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero ahead of the penalty shootout, with the Spain international appearing to suffer from cramp in the closing stages of Sunday’s defeat at Wembley.
However, Kepa refused to leave the field – causing a lengthy delay to the match and prompting an angry reaction from Sarri, who stormed down the tunnel before returning to the touchline shortly afterwards.
I know if you see it from outside, I don’t know how it went out, it is not the best image,” Kepa told Chelsea’s official website.
“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.
In the end Manchester City won 4-3 on penalties.