Jose Mourinho has revealed ‘inside information’ from Chelsea regarding the fall-out from goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s refusal to be substituted in the Carabao Cup Final.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri looked set to bring on Willy Caballero with the game set for a penalty shoot-out, only for the young Spaniard to refuse to leave the pitch.
Chelsea would go on to lose the shoot-out, and despite both Sarri and Kepa describing the incident as a ‘misunderstanding’, the 24-year-old was fined a week’s wages by the club and subsequently dropped for the 2-0 win over Tottenham.
Kepa returned to the side for Sunday’s win at Fulham, and former Chelsea boss Mourinho insists his contacts at the club have always spoken highly of the player and don’t think the £70 million ‘keeper deliberately disobeyed Sarri.
“When you are on the outside, what comes into your eyes is that the player refused to come out,” Mourinho told BeIN Sports.
“The manager wants to make a change because (Willy) Caballero is very good on penalties and the goalkeeper refused to do it. That’s the first thing that came into my mind.
“But then, according to what they were informing and the position of Maurizio and also Kepa, it looks like it was a misunderstanding and a lot of people were part of it – the doctor on the pitch, the goalkeeper coach that was not involved, the emotion of the moment, Maurizio desperate with the reaction…
“There were a lot of factors that made us think, ‘Wow! This is big’. In the end, it looks like it was not big because it looks like a misunderstanding.
“I have a few friends at the club and everybody speaks to me amazingly well about Kepa. They say he is a great kid, they say he is not capable of this kind of confrontational attitude and when the inside information is as positive as that, I believe in this kind of information.”