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Sunday, February 24, 2019

What Kepa said to Maurizio Sarri in Chelsea dressing room

Maurizio Sarri revealed he has talked to his goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after the pair's stunning row.

The Spanish stopper refused to come off during extra-time of Chelsea's Carabao Cup Final defeat by Man City.
Sarri wanted to replace Kepa with Willy Caballero after his No.1 began to suffer from cramp.

Caballero also happens to be a penalty specialist and was stripped ready for action.

But he stayed on the bench as Kepa remained between the sticks.
Sarri refused to blame his player for the argument, claiming the incident had been overblown.

He said: "I have talked to him [Kepa] but only to clarify because now I have understand the situation."

The Italian was under huge pressure heading into the Wembley showpiece after a string of poor results.
But his side produced a much-improved performance before losing on penalties.

Sarri also said that his goalkeeper would not face any disciplinary action.

"In that situation there was a big misunderstanding caused by the radio," he told Sky Sports . "I understood there was a problem and we needed a change. I didn't find out until the doctor arrived to the bench after a few minutes.

"It was a big misunderstanding. I understood the goalkeeper had cramp and for me he was unable to go to penalties but the problem was not cramp so he was able to go to penalties."

Asked why he began to walk away down the tunnel before turning around, Sarri added: "I needed only to return to be quiet.

"I think as I say, the goalkeeper understood that I asked for a change for his physical problem. He said, 'I haven't got a physical problem', so he was right I think."

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