Chelsea fans call for Cesar Azpilicueta to be stripped of captaincy over Kepa row

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CHELSEA fans have called for Cesar Azpilicueta to be stripped of the club captaincy after he did nothing during the shocking Kepa Arrizabalaga incident.

Arrizabalaga, 24, refused to be substituted yesterday with Maurizio Sarri fuming – but fans have turned on their skipper instead.

Azpilicueta has inspired Chelsea fans rage after failing to defuse the Kepa situation
Azpilicueta has inspired Chelsea fans’ rage after failing to defuse Kepa situation
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Blues supporters have been left crying out for the likes of John Terry and Didier Drogba after Azpilicueta refused to drag Kepa off the pitch.

Instead, Azpi, 29, did nothing as the £71.6million No1 remained on the pitch – half-injured – and failed to stop a tame Sergio Aguero spot-kick as Chelsea lost the Carabao Cup final on penalties.

After the game, one user tweeted: “Cesar Azpilicueta showed zero leadership. Terry Lampard Drogba Ivanovic would have dragged Kepa off.”

Another said: “Criticise Sarri all you like for recent results but I personally think what Arrizabalaga did is disgraceful.

Kepa refused to be subbed during the Carabao Cup final defeat
Kepa refused to be subbed during the Carabao Cup final defeat
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Maurizio Sarri was fuming with Kepa Arrizabalaga after being disobeyed
Maurizio Sarri was fuming with Kepa Arrizabalaga after being disobeyed
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“You don’t publicly and angrily go against your managers instructions, also why didn’t Azpilicueta as captain intervene on behalf of Sarri?

“Total lack of professionalism.”

A third added: “The biggest disgrace was @CesarAzpi a captain who couldn’t do his job. That would never have happened during John Terry’s era.

“It was Azpilicueta’s job to make sure Kepa left the pitch since that was what the coach wanted. Incompetent Captain.”

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