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.

Arrizabalaga speaking after the match said:

“I don’t know how it went out, it is not the best image,” Arrizabalaga told reporters after the match. “I have spoken with the boss. I think it was misunderstood. He told the media

“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.”

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