LONDON — Kepa Arrizabalaga apologised for refusing to obey Maurizio Sarri’s order for him to be substituted for Willy Caballero throughout further time of Chelsea’s agonising penalty shootout defeat towards Manchester Metropolis within the Carabao Cup closing.
Sarri grew to become enraged on the Wembley touchline when Kepa angrily waved away the makes an attempt of his Chelsea teammates and referee John Moss to get him to depart the sphere, creating what many perceived to be a second of public insubordination that undermined his head coach.
Kepa went on to save lots of Leroy Sane’s effort within the penalty shootout, however Jorginho and David Luiz missed from 12 yards for Chelsea at hand Metropolis victory after a goalless draw over 120 minutes.
After the match, Sarri insisted that it was nothing greater than a “large misunderstanding,” and Kepa was adamant that he by no means meant to disrespect his head coach.
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga mentioned his argument with membership boss Maurizio Sarri was a misunderstanding. Getty
“I’ve to say it was misunderstood,” Kepa mentioned. “In no second was it my intention to disobey, or something like that with the boss. Simply that it was misunderstood, as a result of I had been attended to by the medics twice, and he thought that I wasn’t in situation to proceed.
“It was two or three minutes of confusion till the medics acquired to the bench, they usually defined every part nicely. This was nothing to do with the issues I had this week, with [my hamstring]. It wasn’t that. And, nicely, it was misunderstood. As a result of he thought I could not proceed, and — basically — I used to be making an attempt to say that bodily I used to be positive.
“I do know in case you see it from outdoors, I do not know the way it went out, it isn’t one of the best picture. I’ve spoken with the boss. I feel it was misunderstood. I perceive that on tv, on social media, they’re speaking about this, however I’m right here to clarify it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go towards the supervisor.
“We have now spoken now, and I used to be solely making an attempt to say I am positive. He thought I wasn’t positive. It was in tense moments, with lots taking place …”
Kepa’s refusal to return off overshadowed a powerful efficiency from Chelsea towards Metropolis following their historic 6-Zero humiliation towards the identical opponents on the Etihad Stadium earlier this month, and the Spaniard was eager to modify the main target of dialogue to the extra encouraging features of the sport.
“I do know the picture it is given, however I by no means meant to refuse to go off,” he added. “It was solely to say I used to be positive [to continue].
“I do not assume it must be the most important act of this closing. I perceive we performed a very good stage towards the most effective groups on the planet. We had been near successful, clearly we’re unhappy that we did not, and I feel the workforce must proceed taking part in like this, as a result of right this moment we have proven we are able to compete towards one of the best groups. Among the many negatives, we have now to take the positives.”