Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has explained why he refused to be substituted when the call came in the Carabao Cup finals against Man City on Sunday.

The goalkeeper was asked to make way owing to suggestions he had a cramp and would not be able to pick the penalties which he turned down, insisting he was fine.

In his reaction, Kepa Arrizabalaga stated that is action to refuse to leave the pitch for Willy Caballero was not intended to disrespect manager Maurizio Sarri in any way.

Kepa Arrizabalaga stated that the entire drama looked differently from outside, admitting that it was not the best thing to have happened but he did that for the good of the team.

The former Atletico Bilbao stopper, therefore, claims to have held talks with the manager and it has been sorted out already because he was fine to go through the penalties.

Kepa Arrizabalaga confessed to have suffered a hamstring injury this week which was the reason why the Italian manager thought he would not be able to pick penalties but it was immediately explained by the medical team.

However, the West London outfit have lost another opportunity of winning a title as they will now focus on the Europa League and the Premier League as well.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.