Maurizio Sarri says Kepa Arrizabalaga has issued an apology to the technical team and teammates after refusing to leave the pitch when Sarri tried to substitute him during Sunday’s defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final
According to Sarri,Kepa’s apology is not enough and will face some consequences despite being fined one week wages.
“He made a big mistake, and there are some consequences. If the consequence is to play, he has to be ready to play. If the consequence is the bench, he has to be ready to go to the bench.
“I spoke with Kepa, then we spoke all together. He said sorry to the technical staff but it was not enough. Then he said sorry to his team-mates and the club. He made a big mistake but we don’t want to kill him.” Sarri told the press
Sari also explained his decision to bring Caballero on was partially tactical, as he felt the former Manchester City player could have given Chelsea an advantage in the penalty shootout.
“I didn’t want a goalkeeper with cramp to do the penalties,” said Sarri. “Then Caballero knows the other players – he played in Manchester.
“So I thought it was better with a goalkeeper in a very good physical condition. But then I understood he (Kepa) was able to go to the penalties.”