Kepa denies rift with Sarri

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga claims he didn’t disrespect manager Maurizio Sarri when he refused to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.Reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero was ready to replace Kepa as he appeared to have suffered a cramp towards the closing stages of the game.However, the Spaniard refused to obey the orders of Sarri which caused a stir on the Chelsea bench and equally angered the Italian gaffer.Kepa went on to save Sane’s penalty but couldn’t prevent City from claiming a 4-3 win to retain the Cup.But the most expensive goalkeeper in history when he joined Chelsea for £71.6m in August, insists his refusal to leave the field was not an act of disrespect to Sarri.“I know if you see it from outside, I don’t know how it went out, it is not the best image,” Kepa told Chelsea’s official website.“I have spoken with the boss. I think it was misunderstood.“I understand that on television, on social media, they’re talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go against the manager.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSarri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the strongest player in the world” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri has no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man at Juventus, and plans to the star give more freedom to exploit his talents to their fullest extent.Talk about absolute balls for Kepa Arrizabalaga, stand your ground and courage of your convictions. Good morning. pic.twitter.com/4ehechUVwJ— Sifiso Gumede (@Sifiso_Gumede) February 25, 2019“We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say I’m fine. He thought I wasn’t fine. It was in tense moments, with a lot happening.”Sarri played down the incident after the match, describing it as a “misunderstanding”, and Kepa agrees with the Italian.“In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss,” Kepa added.Chelsea will face Spurs on Wednesday night as they bid to seal a Champions League ticket.last_img