Chelsea boss plays down substitution farce during Carabao Cup final
Maurizio Sarri played down goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s apparent defiance of the Chelsea manager as a “misunderstanding” after the Carabao Cup final defeat by Manchester City.
As the game approached a penalty shootout following a 0-0 draw, Chelsea attempted to bring on substitute goalkeeper Willy Caballero for Arrizabalaga, who appeared injured moments before.Arrizabalaga refused to come off, indicating he was fine to play on, prompting a stand-off which resulted in Sarri reacting angrily and walking down the tunnel before returning.
But Sarri was calm after the game which Chelsea lost 4-3 on penalties, saying he wanted Caballero on the pitch because Arrizabalaga looked to have cramp – not for the Argentine’s penalty-saving ability – insisting it was all a misunderstanding. He added that after the medical staff informed him it was not cramp, tHe told Sky Sports: “It was a big misunderstanding. I understood the goalkeeper had cramp, and was unable to go to the pens, but the problem was not cramp, so he was able to go to the penalties.