Kepa defends substitution row “it was not my intention in any moment
25/02/2019 13:03 GMT
Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga has come out explained the situation regarding the substitution row with Maurizio Sarri in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City lose 4-3 on penalties.
The £71 million summers signing was going to be substituted with Willy Caballero coming on after Arrizabalaga went down injured with cramp but insists it wasn’t his intention to disobey.
— kepa Arrizabalaga (@kepa_46) February 24, 2019
“I understand that on television, on social media, they’re talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go against the manager. We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say I’m fine. He thought I wasn’t fine. It was intense moments, with a lot happening
“Of course I did [see my number go up on the digital board]. But because of that, it was until the medics had got back to the bench to explain I was fine, that I could continue. It wasn’t that I was refusing to be substituted, it was a way of trying to tell the bench that I was fine.
“I think it was just misunderstood, and unfortunate because now people are talking about this… I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know what to say, other than to say it was not my intention in any moment [top refuse].
“It has to be understood, too, that these were the last few minutes of a final, and I didn’t realise the reactions. It was only when I say they were going to change, I tried to say I was fine. It was the final minute, with a lot going on. I know the image it’s given, but I never intended to refuse to go off. It was only to say I was fine.
“I don’t think it has to be the major act of this final. I understand we played a good level against one of the best teams in the world. We were close to winning, obviously, we’re sad that we didn’t, and I think the team needs to continue playing like this because today we’ve shown we can compete against the best teams. Among the negatives, we have to take the positives.”