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Kepa Arrizabalaga Refuses To Be Subbed During The League Cup Final

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Kepa Arrizabalaga Refuses To Be Subbed During The League Cup Final

Football is a strange game, and anything can happen. That's why we love it so much.

Today, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga took the brave and unusual decision to have an argument with his boss - Chelsea manager Mauricio Sarri - and refuse to be substituted. What's more, he won the argument and stayed on the pitch for the penalty shootout.

They didn't win it, but it wasn't Kepa's fault in the end. You have to score penalties as well as save them, it turns out.

You think you've seen everything in the game of football, but you bloody well haven't. This might just about be the weirdest thing that's happened this season.

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It's lucky that this happened, given that both the League Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City, and the earlier Liverpool vs Manchester United game were seriously dull.

At least this incident gave the boys in the studio something to have a chat about. It's more interesting than anything else that went on.

Sarri is under pressure at Chelsea at the minute, but his team actually put on a pretty good display throughout the 120 minutes of tedious football. Not many teams manage to keep a clean sheet against Man City.

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Credit: Sky Sports
Credit: Sky Sports

However, it wasn't as if there was a massive amount for either goalkeeper to do in the match.

Obviously, Sarri doesn't rate Arrizabalaga's penalty saving prowess. He was about to substitute the Spanish 'keeper for back-up goalie Willy Caballero. To be fair to him, Caballero is something of a League Cup final specialist, having won it before with Manchester City in 2015-16.

He's also pretty well known for being really good at saving penalties. Oh well, he didn't get his opportunity today.

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Credit: Sky Sports
Credit: Sky Sports

Arrizabalaga heaped the pressure on himself by defying his manager's orders, but- to his credit - he repaid the debt after a while.

He saved Leroy Sane's spot kick to level up the scores during the tense finale. However, his team were let down by their inaccuracy from the spot, rather than Kepa's keeping. City won the match 4- 3 when Raheem Sterling thrashed his kick home.

There wasn't anything that Kepa could have done, but we'll never know whether Caballero would have done anything differently.

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Credit: Sky Sports
Credit: Sky Sports

It's not the first time that something like this has happened. Swapping the goalkeeper at the end of the match has become more popular since Louis van Gaal swapped out The Netherlands' goalkeepers at the 2014 World Cup.

On that occasion, though, they won. One thing is for certain, Kepa and Sarri are going to have an awkward drive home on the bus back to West London.

It might be enough to cost Sarri his job.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: UK News, Football, sport news, Weird, UK

Tom Wood
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