Chelsea goalie, Kepa Arrizabalaga has finally opened up on the alleged rift he had with his coach, Maurizio Sarri.
During the Carabo Cup final that saw Manchester beat Chelsea 4-3 on penalties, coach Maurizio Sarri made attempts to substitute Kepa.
Coach Sarri tried substituting Kepa after he sustained a camp injury but Keppa allegedly resisted substitution.
The coach was seen at the touch line angrily reacting before Kepa made way for the tunnel and even smashed a water bottle on the ground.
However, Kepa has now come out to clarify the misunderstanding in the whole substitution rift with his coach.
According to Keppa the whole charade was a misunderstanding.
In his words:
I have to say it was misunderstood. In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss. Just that it was misunderstood, because I had been attended to by the medics twice, and he thought that I wasn’t in condition to continue.
It was two or three minutes of confusion until the medics got to the bench, and they explained everything well. This was nothing to do with the problems I had this week, with [hamstring] it wasn’t that.
And, well, it was misunderstood. Because he thought I couldn’t continue, and – fundamentally – I was trying to say that physically I was fine.
Kepa also revealed that his action was a delay tactics to enable his team rest a bit and draw breathe after being exhausted.
thought the bench felt I couldn’t continue, because it was the second time I’d gone to ground. It was extra-time. We’d run a lot so [going to ground] was also a way of stopping the match.
Coach Sarri also corroborated Kepa’s side of the story in the whole substitution charade by acknowledging that it was a misunderstanding.
It was a big misunderstanding. I understood he had cramp, so I didn’t want the goalkeeper to go to the penalties in that physical condition. I realise the situation after three or four minutes when the doctor arrived on the bench.
I wanted Caballero on the pitch, but the goalkeeper wanted to let me know he was in condition to go to the penalties. It was only a big misunderstanding. Kepa was right, but in the wrong way. Wrong in the way he conducted himself, but mentally he was right because he was able to go to the penalties.