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'I Think It Was Just Misunderstood' - Kepa Defends His Action In Carabao Cup Final

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As the final minutes of regular time was drawing close and penalty was looming, in the final of the Carabao cup, Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri made a move for one last throw of the dice - he decided to bring in Willy Caballero in place of Kepa Arrizabalaga,who looked to be injured. 

As the whole world watched on, Kepa refused to leave the pitch, even as his number went up for substitution. An obviously furious Sarri stormed down the tunnel, to return later, yet Kepa stayed on the pitch, defying his manager, and the whole club. 

The spectacle of it all overshadowed the game which Manchester City eventually won 4-3 on penalties. 

There have been many reasons about why Kepa acted in such demeaning manner towards his own coach, with many playing up another dressing bust-up between Sarri and his players. 

Kepa has other explanation for the mishap, saying it was a misunderstanding between himself and the Chelsea bench.       

Going on Twiitter, the keeper bought for 75 millions pounds released a statement that said: 

"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 in tense 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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