Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that he “liked” Kepa’s actions in the Carabao cup final. Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.
Maurizio Sarri wanted to replace the world’s most expensive goalkeeper with goalkeeper Caballero for the penalty shoot-out at Wembley after the former Athletic Bilbao stopped suffered a knock.
However, Kepa refused to make way and stayed on in an effort to prove that he was able to continue – with Sarri eventually backing down and Chelsea subsequently losing the shootout as City retained the Carabao Cup.
Speaking after the match, Mourinho admitted he did not like the situation on the field but went on to praise Kepa for the confidence he showed:
“I don’t like that he leaves his coach and the assistant coach [Gianfranco Zola] in a situation of great fragility. It saddens me for them. Luckily I never had to go through this,” Mourinho said to DAZN.
“The goalkeeper wants to show his personality, his confidence, wants to show that he is there and wants to be at the shootout and make saves — and I like that.”