Last night’s Carabao Cup final was probably the most bizarre night in all of football’s bizarre nights to date. Chelsea had driven PL champions Manchester City to the edge beyond extra time into penalty shootouts. All hell broke loose in a well organized game when Chelsea ‘keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be subbed off, leaving manager Maurizio Sarri absolutely fuming on the touchline. Kepa had earlier sustained a cramp problem and, the Spaniard, upon being signaled to come off the pitch, blatantly refused to do so, in turn signalling the on-coming reserve goalie Willy Caballero to return, shouting back “NO”.
After confrontation with the referee, who confirmed with the manager whether or not Kepa will be staying, the game continued with the 24-year old resuming his place between the sticks.
The Blues eventually went on to lose the final 3-4 on penalties. However, the talking point still remains the drama that ensued on the pitch, which follows rumors of the past couple weeks, of Sarri having lost the dressing room at Stamford Bridge.
Clearly, lack of respect for the manager and his decisions on the ‘keeper’s part, left the former Napoli coach absolutely seething on the touchline, who at a point almost left the game but returned soon.
Video credits – Sky Sports Football