Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has apologized to former boss Maurizio Sarri over the confusion in the 2019 Carabao Cup final. Kepa joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid becoming the world’s most expensive goalkeeper. He went on to win the Europa League with Chelsea in his debut season but has flattered to deceive since then. Last season he was replaced by Edouard Mendy.
With the game finely poised at 0-0, Sarri was concerned the keeper had cramp. He instructed Willy Caballero to warm up until Kepa was treated by the medical staff. However, he refused to come off and Chelsea went on to lose the penalty shootout 4-3.
“I tried to signal that I was OK, that I wasn’t injured. But we were at Wembley in front of more than 80,000 people, so of course, Sarri didn’t understand me,” Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga said recently about the incident. “When the fourth official raised the board, clearly I should have come off, and I’m sorry I didn’t. I was wrong, and I am sorry for everyone who was involved: for Maurizio Sarri, who it seemed like I had undermined in public; for Willy (Caballero), a teammate and a great professional; and for all my teammates and Chelsea fans who had to put up with everything – all the noise that was generated during the game and then in the days after.”
Kepa revealed that he cleared the air with Sarri but the pressure from outside the dressing room got out of control. He maintains that he enjoys a fantastic relationship with the Italian.