Sam Allardyce explains what Maurizio Sarri should have done with Kepa Arrizabalaga
Sam Allardyce insists the incident involving Kepa Arrizabalaga during Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City ’wouldn’t have happened’ under his management.
Kepa twice went down with cramp in extra time and Maurizio Sarri wished to introduce Willy Caballero for the penalty shootout at Wembley, but Chelsea’s number one flat-out refused to be substituted.
The Blues have since fined Kepa a week’s wages, despite both goalkeeper and manager brushing the episode off as a ‘misunderstanding’, and there are calls for the Spaniard to be dropped for the clash with Tottenham.
Allardyce, who most recently managed Everton, has criticized Sarri for his inability to control the situation and failure to force Kepa from the field.
‘Put it this way, it wouldn’t have happened with me, I don’t think,’ the former England boss told Good Morning Britain.
‘You know me, I think he would’ve actually come off and I would’ve put the [other] goalkeeper on.
‘It was a case of an injury that looked like it was going to repeat itself and you didn’t want it to happen while we were taking penalties and cramp twice.’
Allardyce believes Chelsea’s captain on the day, Cesar Azpilicueta, should have been used to pass on Sarri’s instructions to Kepa.
He added: ‘I [would have] sent the captain over and said, “you’ve got to do the manager’s wishes and come off”.
Reports suggest Kepa mocked Caballero when they squared up in the dressing room after the final whistle, with the Spain international telling his team-mate that he was the better goalkeeper.
Sarri claims Kepa apologised to his team-mates and Chelsea’s staff in the aftermath of the incident at Wembley.
Ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Spurs, Sarri explained: ‘After yesterday the situation is finished. He made a mistake, but stop. I am sure he understood that he made a really very big mistake. For me it’s finished.’
‘I spoke with Kepa of course, then we spoke altogether, he said sorry to the technical staff but it was not enough.
‘Then he said sorry to teammates and the club, I think he made a big mistake but we need to be taller, we don’t want to kill him. So there is a decision from the club.’https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/sam-allardyce?sort=mostpopular&mediatype=photography&phrase=sam%20allardyce