English Premiership

Zola lifts lid on Kepa Carabao Cup debacle

2019-08-15 15:09
Kepa Arrizabalaga
Kepa Arrizabalaga (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Former Chelsea assistant manager and club legend Gianfranco Zola has broken his silence on Kepa Arrizabalaga's refusal to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final.

Arrizabalaga provoked fury from Maurizio Sarri at Wembley in February when the Spaniard refused to leave the field in the final moments of extra-time against Manchester City.

The keeper appeared to be suffering from cramp, but he was aghast when it seemed he was going to be replaced by Willy Caballero ahead of the penalty shootout.

Sarri was incensed by Arrizabalaga’s actions but the Chelsea boss later said that the episode had been ‘a misunderstanding’.

Chelsea fined the goalkeeper a week’s wages and he was dropped for the visit of Tottenham in midweek and now Zola has explained the crazy situation six months on.

“In the beginning, he misunderstood,” Zola told beIN Sports. “He was pretending he was injured because he wanted to waste time.

“There was nothing really wrong, but we then made some considerations. We knew we had Willy Caballero on the bench, who knew all of the Manchester City players and so it was an opportunity for us.

“We were going to make the change. It wasn’t pre-arranged, but we saw the day before he was injured, so we thought it was the injury coming back and we saw an opportunity because Caballero knows the Manchester City players so he can also be a good thing; simple as that.

“It was obviously not an easy situation to deal with. We could not believe it, we were speechless, we kept telling him to come off, but he didn’t come."

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Monday, 16 September 2019
Aston Villa v West Ham United, Villa Park 21:00
Friday, 20 September 2019
Southampton v AFC Bournemouth, St. Mary's Stadium 21:00
Saturday, 21 September 2019
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur, King Power Stadium 13:30
Manchester City v Watford, Etihad Stadium 16:00
Everton v Sheffield United, Goodison Park 16:00
Burnley v Norwich City, Turf Moor 16:00
Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion, St. James' Park 18:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.