Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has apologised to former manager Maurizio Sarri over the 2019 Carabao Cup final confusion. Kepa became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he joined Chelsea for £71m from Atletico Madrid the previous summer and went on to win the Europa League in his debut season.
Despite the apparent success, the 26-year-old’s campaign was tarnished when he refused to be substituted during extra-time of the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
With the game finely poised at 0-0, Sarri was concerned Kepa was suffering from cramp and called for him to be substituted for Willy Caballero for the upcoming penalty shootout.
However, Kepa ignored his manager’s calls and remain on the field, going on to save one penalty as Chelsea lost 4-3 in the shoot-out.
Kepa, talking to The Players’ Tribune, described the incident as ‘a big misunderstanding’ with Sarri incorrectly believing his goalkeeper was struggling when in fact Kepa was only wasting time to help the team get to penalties.