Things are getting from bad to worse at Chelsea football club. The incident involving goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga when the London-based club locked horns with Manchester City in the League Cup final on Sunday night sparked an outrage from fans and pundits alike. 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.
However, when Kepa’s number was held up, he refused to obey the call to depart.
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.
Following the incident, Michael Vaughan was among many that weighed-in on the opinion regarding Kepa’s behavior and what the total disregard of Sarri reflects when it comes to his future at the club.
“No doubt Sarri will end up getting sacked but wouldn’t it be nice for once if the club stuck up for a boss and sacked a player ….. #OnOn”, he wrote on Twitter.
“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.”