Sarri laid into Kepa in Chelsea dressing room after goalkeeper refused to be subbed off


MAURIZIO SARRI laid into rebel keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga over his Wembley mutiny.

The Chelsea chief went wild in the dressing room after Blues’ chaotic penalty shootout defeat against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.

Maurizio Sarri lashed at Kepa Arrizabalaga in the dressing room over his refusal to be subbed in the Carabao Cup final

Kepa refused to come off when Sarri tried to bring on penalty specialist Willy Caballero ahead of the shootout.

The Spanish stopper was fined one week’s wages by the club and apologised to fans for his actions.

Caballero saved THREE spot kicks when City beat Liverpool in the 2016 final shootout — and knows many of the Etihad outfit’s stars.

Chelsea lost 4-3 on pens after the 0-0 draw, with Kepa saving from Leroy Sane but letting in Sergio Aguero’s tame effort.

Sarri claimed it was a ‘misunderstanding’ in interviews over whether cramp-stricken Kepa could continue.

Sarri wanted to bring in penalty shootout specialist Willy Cabarello in the last minutes of extra-time, but Kepa refused to come off the pitch

But the under-pressure coach lost his rag with the Spanish keeper in front of startled players.

A Chelsea source revealed: “First he screamed at Kepa by telling him it was the striker’s job to score and that he had the option to change one misfiring forward for another.

“He went on to say that keepers were in the same position — and if he believed another keeper could do a better job he had the right to make the change.”

SunSport understands Chelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola also made his feelings known to the 24-year-old.

The Italian coach initially downplayed the incident, but then laid into the Spaniard in front of his team-mates

Kepa has publicly apologised for refusing to be subbed after initially pulling up with cramp just a minute before the end of extra time.

In farcical scenes, the Spaniard would not come off for Caballero, while Sarri went potty on the touchline.

But Kepa will escape any punishment from the club hierarchy who view the matter as closed.

Sarri does actually have the players’ backing in the dispute although they did little to help out on the field at the time.

Kepa is set to keep his place as No1 goalkeeper when Chelsea host Tottenham on Wednesday
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They have not been hugely impressed by Kepa since his £71.6million arrival from Athletic Bilbao last summer.

But he is set to keep his place at home to Spurs tomorrow night.

Defender David Luiz said: “The coach has the power over the group, he has our respect.

“He’s a great manager, he’s a great person.”



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