Maurizio Sarri played down the controversy between himself and Kepa Arrizabalaga after the goalkeeper appeared to defy orders to be substituted during Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.
‘It was a big misunderstanding,’ Sarri says. ‘I understood that he had a cramp. I didn’t want the goalkeeper to go into penalties in that physical condition. I realised the situation only after three, four minutes when the doctor arrived back to the bench.’
Chelsea went on to lose the penalty shootout with Kepa beaten by four of Manchester City’s spot kicks, including Raheem Sterling’s winning spot kick