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Maurizio Sarri Speaks Out After Kepa Arrizabalaga Incident In The EFL Cup Final

Maurizio Sarri Speaks Out After Kepa Arrizabalaga Incident In The EFL Cup Final

Maurizio Sarri has candidly spoken about the incident involving Kepa Arrizabalaga after Chelsea's defeat to Manchester City in the EFL Cup final.

The former Napoli head coach was preparing to bring on Willy Caballero, mainly for how Kepa looked like he had picked up an injury in extra-time.

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However, the 24-year-old Spaniard refused to come off the pitch and left a red-faced Sarri to lose his cool in the dugout.

Following on from the match, Sarri said that the whole incident was a "big misunderstanding."

"I wanted Caballero on the pitch, but the goalkeeper wanted to let me know he was in [a] condition to go to the penalties," he added (via the Daily Mirror).

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"It was a misunderstanding. Kepa was right, but in the wrong way he conducted himself.

"I thought Kepa was unable to go to penalties.

"I wanted Caballero on the pitch because I was afraid of his cramp, but the doctor explained it wasn't [a] cramp."

The Chelsea boss also revealed the real reason why he almost stormed down the tunnel after the incident involving Kepa.

"I needed to return to be quiet," he explained.

"He understood that I asked for a change for his physical problem and he said I haven't a physical problem.

"And he was right."

Who was in the wrong: Sarri or Kepa?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Manchester City, Willy Caballero, Football News, Kepa Arrizabalaga, EFL, Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea, Football, Pep Guardiola, EFL Cup, Napoli

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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