Chelsea lost out in the League Cup final on penalties as Man City held their nerve to take home the first big trophy of the season.
The result though will be overshadowed by the scenes in the final few minutes of extra time, when Chelsea manager Mauro Sarri moved to bring on ‘keeper Wily Caballero for number one Kepa, who inexplicably then refused to leave the field at the orders of his manager.
It was a clear show of disrespect from a young goalkeeper who should be listening to his manager in the main, and made both Sarri and fellow stopper Caballero look silly in the end.
Add to this Kepa’s inability in the shootout to keep out even the most simple of looking spot kicks, and it all boils into a big row for the powers that be at Chelsea to preside over come today.
However, we feel Sarri is in the right on this occasion, and feel that if he is to succeed, his senior players need to back him and back him fully with this decision.
Should we hear nothing from the likes of Eden Hazard and the like, then we can safely say that Sarri simply does not have the backing of his players in full, and he’s simply a ticking time bomb at Stamford Bridge.
It’s a huge problem, and while it’s easy to see why Kepa might be angry, you sometimes simply have to accept decisions at times and go with it for the good of the club.
We’ve seen it previously at international level with the Dutch team and Tim Krul, in a situation which was managed and dealt with far more respectfully.
Sarri has been on thin ice as it is lately it seems, and this row needs to be brought to a close quickly, with the support of some of his top players being the first thing he needs.