Kepa Arrizabalaga shocked the football world when he refused to come off against Manchester City in the final of the Carabao Cup.
The Spain international was called off by Sarri but clearly refused the manager’s orders as he opted to stay on the pitch and fans and pundits across the world has chastised him for that action. The latest man to join in on the debate is Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez. Here is his view.
“Both parties were giving their opinions. But as a manager looking in you don’t know what has been said inside. You can’t say too much. It was a difficult situation for the manager and his team because it was a cup final. They have gave their explanations and you have to accept that.”
Chelsea boss Sarri has since said: “I misunderstood the problem and only realised the situation when the doctor arrived at the bench. He understood I asked for a change for his physical problem.He said: ‘I haven’t a physical problem’. And he was right.”
Meanwhile, the Spain international goalie said: “It was two or three minutes of confusion until the medics got to the bench and they explained everything well. He thought I couldn’t continue, and – fundamentally – I was trying to say that physically I was fine.”