Jose Mourinho on Kepa: Ex-Chelsea and Man Utd boss says he never had to deal with kind of situation

JOSE MOURINHO insisted he never had to deal with the kind of behaviour Kepa Arrizabalaga showed at Wembley yesterday.

The Spanish goalkeeper refused to be substituted late in extra time of the Carabao Cup final even though Maurizio Sarri told him to come off and be replaced by Willy Cabellero.

Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to come off despite being told to do so by his manager
Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to come off despite being told to do so by his manager
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Both Kepa and Sarri insist there was a miscommunication over Kepa’s injury as he tried to play down the incident – not everybody was convinced, though.

But Mourinho, currently out of work after being sacked by Manchester United in December, said he felt “really sad” after seeing the goalkeeper ignore his boss’ instructions.

Speaking on DAZN as he covered the match, Mourinho said: “I don’t like that he leaves his coach and the assistant coach in a situation of great fragility.”

Mourinho was famously fired by Chelsea in December 2015 after a 2-1 defeat at eventual champions Leicester.

Jose Mourinho insisted he had never had to deal with that kind of behaviour before
Jose Mourinho insisted he had never had to deal with that kind of behaviour before
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After that game, he insisted he had been “betrayed” by his players as they continued to under-perform.

But The Special One insisted he has never been overruled by his own player when it comes to a substitution.

He did, though, praise Kepa for his mentality and determination to carry on.

He added: “Luckily I never had to go through this.

Maurizio Sarri was left fuming as Willy Caballero could only stand and watch
Maurizio Sarri was left fuming as Willy Caballero could only stand and watch
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“The goalkeeper wants to show his personality, his confidence, wants to show that he is there and wants to be at the shootout and make saves — and I like that.”

Former captain and Blues legend John Terry was less complimentary, though.

He told Sky Sports: “Once your number goes up you have to come off and show a bit of respect,

“Deal with that after. That’s the last thing the players want.

“It’s certainly not the end of it, [but] it’s clouded a good performance. It’s taken the shine off a good performance, it’s disappointing. We’ll see what happens.”

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