Bizarre Chelsea Power Struggle

This was one of the most bizarre incidents I have ever seen in football! A player refusing to go off – and his manager losing the plot. Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga resisted Maurizio Sarri’s attempt to substitute him late in extra time of the Carabao Cup final, which left his manager seething on the touchline. Kepa had just been treated for cramp and, with the game at 0-0, Sarri was preparing to bring on reserve keeper Willy Caballero in his place before a penalty shootout.

But after some furious finger-wagging and screams of “NO!”, Sarri was forced to give in. Referee Jonathan Moss ran over to confirm whether Kepa was going off or not and Sarri, begrudgingly, backed down and then stormed off down the tunnel before quickly returning, leaving Caballero a bemused spectator. Kepa went on to save Leroy Sane’s spot-kick – prompting a fist pump from Sarri – but Raheem Sterling netted the winning penalty as Manchester City won the shootout 4-3 to lift the Carabao Cup for a second year in a row. Sarri didn’t react at full-time and went straight off the pitch, while his players looked dejected in defeat.

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