EFL Carabao League Cup: How often do you see your manager defied by a player in football? Very rarely, it is even rarer during an ongoing game, but it happened when Chelsea locked horns with Manchester City in the League Cup final on Sunday night. Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri wanted to substitute injured goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga with Willy Caballero. It was surprising to see Kepa refuses to come off. It was a strategic change sensing the game may enter the penalties and with an injured goalkeeper it would not be the best way to enter the shootouts, hence experienced Sarri wanted to make the change. Also Read - Premier League: Liverpool Make Winning Return to Anfield, Southampton Stun Manchester City
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Arrizabalaga seemed to be in agony and appeared to be injured as he prevented Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero from scoring in the closing moments of extra time, and Sarri ordered his substitution before Chelsea went on to lose the final 4-3 in a penalty shootout.
“It was a big misunderstanding because I understood that he had a cramp. So I didn’t want a keeper (to) go to penalties in that physical condition,” Sarri told reporters.
“The goalkeeper wanted only to let me know that he was in a condition to go to the penalties,” the Italian said.
“It was only a big misunderstanding. Kepa was right, but in the wrong way.”