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Why Sarri is right to defend Kepa

Timothy Aiyeku



Kepa Arizabalaga

There have been reactions to the drama that ensued in the Carabao Cup finals on Sunday between Man City and Chelsea where Kepa Arrizabalaga refused the substitution call during the extra time, insisting he would pick the penalties.

He had made efforts to save the kick by Leroy Sane but that was not enough as the Penalty shootout ended 4-3 in favour of the Citizens after they played 0-0 in the open game.

There were suggestions that the Blues boss had lost the dressing room and control of his players owing to the refusal of Kepa Arrizabalaga to be substituted and manager Maurizio Sarri was forced to answer some questions when he faced the press.

The Italian boss had defended the player, insisting that the situation was a misunderstanding because he was told Kepa Arrizabalaga would not be able to go through penalties because of the cramp which the player cleared right on the pitch to continue the game.

However, suggestions are that the action of the Chelsea goalkeeper is not to undermine the authority of the manager but he had the passion to help his team out in the penalty shootout and had the mental strength to help his side but that did not work out eventually as the Citizens emerged the winner.

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