KEPA ARRIZABALAGA has refused to acknowledge that he disrespected his supervisor and insists the exceptional bust-up has been misunderstood.
The Spanish keeper left Maurizio Sarri livid after refusing to return off the sphere for Willy Caballero moments earlier than the Carabao Cup penalty shootout defeat.
Arrizabalaga, 24, had fallen to the bottom with cramp on two events late on in extra-time.
However along with his quantity on the board and Caballero standing along with his gloves on able to face his former team-mates from 12-yards, the No1 stood his floor.
Sarri was so incensed that he appeared to move for the Wembley exit earlier than ultimately making his means again to the bench.
Arrizabalaga has performed down the incident and insists he has full respect for the coach.
An announcement posted to social media learn: “I wish to make clear some info of immediately’s match: To start with I remorse how the top of the match has been portrayed.
“At no time has it been my intention to disobey the coach or any of his selections. I feel the whole lot has been a misunderstanding within the warmth of the ultimate a part of a match for a title.
“The coach thought I used to be not able to play on and my intention was to specific that I used to be in good situation to proceed serving to the crew, whereas the docs that had handled me arrived on the bench to present the message.
“I really feel the picture that has been portrayed was not my intention. I’ve full respect for the coach and his authority.”
Sarri additionally performed down the incident and claimed Kepa was RIGHT to disregard his orders, however merely went about it within the incorrect means.
And he plans on hauling him in for talks.
Sarri mentioned: “I used to be actually indignant.
“I understood he had cramp, so I did not need the goalkeeper to go to the penalties in that bodily situation. I realise the scenario after three or 4 minutes when the physician arrived on the bench.
“I needed Caballero on the pitch, however the goalkeeper needed to let me know he was in situation to go to the penalties. It was solely a giant misunderstanding.
“Kepa was proper, however within the incorrect means. Incorrect in the way in which he carried out himself, however mentally he was proper as a result of he was in a position to go to the penalties. However I realised the whole lot solely when the physician arrived on the bench. Not earlier than.
“I need to discuss with him as a result of he wants to grasp that, for a misunderstanding, we will go in bother. So I feel I’ve solely to elucidate precisely the scenario to Kepa. With out some other downside.
“Kepa solely mentioned: ‘No, no, I am very nicely and in a position to proceed.’ He understood I needed to vary for an damage. He was solely telling me his phrase, saying he was actually very nicely. So I feel that, in 120 minutes, a dialogue can occur with the gamers.
“I feel we’ve got to focus on soccer. In fact I’ll communicate to him. As I mentioned earlier than, he was proper for his motivation. However not for the conduct.”