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The Spanish stopper refused to come off during extra-time of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup Final defeat by Man City. Sarri wanted to replace Kepa with Willy Caballero after his No.1 began to suffer from cramp.

Candy Tv Shocking!!! Chelsea Keeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga Refused Substitution During Chelsea's carabao Cup Final Defeat By Man City .

Caballero also happens to be a penalty specialist and was stripped ready for action. But he stayed on the bench as Kepa remained between the sticks. Sarri refused to blame his player for the argument, claiming the incident had been overblown. The Italian was under huge pressure heading into the Wembley showpiece after a string of poor results. But his side produced a much-improved performance before losing on penalties

Candy Tv Shocking!!! Chelsea Keeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga Refused Substitution During Chelsea's carabao Cup Final Defeat By Man City .

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“It was a big misunderstanding. I understood the goalkeeper had cramp and for me he was unable to go to penalties but the problem was not cramp so he was able to go to penalties.” Asked why he began to walk away down the tunnel before turning around, Sarri added: “I needed only to return to be quiet. “I think as I say, the goalkeeper understood that I asked for a change for his physical problem. He said, ‘I haven’t got a physical problem’, so he was right I think.”

Kepa also said his refusal to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City was not a display of disrespect to manager Maurizio Sarri. “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. “We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say I’m fine. He thought I wasn’t fine. It was in tense moments, with a lot happening.”

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