Kepa explains his refusal to substituted against Man City

EPL By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 25/02/2019

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arizabalaga has explained why he refused to be substituted in the clash against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup finals at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Kepa suffered two major muscles problem in the extra time against Manchester City and the coaching crew opted for his removal but the Spanish shoot stopper failed to honour the call to come-off the pitch.

Chelsea lost the game 4-3 to Manchester City and after the clash, Kepa defended his decision not to leave the pitch.

"I know if you see it from outside, I don't know how it went out, it is not the best image," Kepa told Chelsea's official website.

"I have spoken with the boss. I think it was misunderstood.

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"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 intense moments, with a lot happening."

Sarri played down the incident after the match, describing it as a "misunderstanding", and Kepa agrees with the Italian.

"In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss," Kepa added.

"Just that it was misunderstood, because I had been attended to by the medics twice, and he thought that I wasn't in condition to continue.

"It was two or three minutes of confusion until the medics got to the bench, and they explained everything well.

"This was nothing to do with the problems I had this week, with [hamstring] it wasn't that. And, well, it was misunderstood.

"Because he thought I couldn't continue, and - fundamentally - I was trying to say that physically I was fine."Chelsea would entertain Tottenham Hotspur at the Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in the Premier League.