MAURIZIO SARRI had every right to go into the Chelsea dressing room and absolutely hammer Kepa Arrizabalaga.
I actually liked what Sarri was planning on doing because Willy Caballero would have known the majority of the City players — and that could have given Chelsea an advantage in the shootout.
And after Kepa refused to come off, my God, Sarri had every right to go for him.
It’s about respect and Kepa made a fool of his manager in front of millions of people.
This when Sarri was already under huge pressure and on the brink of losing his job at the Bridge.
The astonishing incident could and probably will end up costing Sarri his job.
When a player is refusing to come off, what does that say about the Chelsea dressing room? A player refusing to come off when the manager demands he does, in front of 90,000 people at Wembley and millions watching on the TV!
It just sums up what’s going on at Chelsea at the minute. It’s a ridiculous and embarrassing situation for everyone connected with the club.
Kepa, 24, had to save every penalty in the shootout. He saved one and should have saved another.
That Chelsea dressing room would have been a very interesting place afterwards. What does the manager do now?
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How on earth does Sarri claw that back?
And Kepa is one of his guys — Sarri spent a club record £71.6million to bring him in from Bilbao!
Sarri claimed it was a mix-up over an injury. And that’s the only possible excuse I can think of.
The Spaniard is a young goalkeeper and maybe he did not understand why the manager would take him off in that situation.
But it still doesn’t get around the fact that the manager was desperate to get him off and he refused.
I’ve never seen that before and I don’t know what Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta or any other player could do in that situation.
David Luiz talked to Kepa and even then he didn’t want to go off.
Irrespective of what he thinks, if his manager wants him off the pitch, then he has to go.