Chelsea's Willy Caballero waits to be substituted on as manager Maurizio Sarri reacts(REUTERS)
Chelsea's Willy Caballero waits to be substituted on as manager Maurizio Sarri reacts(REUTERS)

Maurizio Sarri still has respect of Chelsea players after Kepa incident, says Luiz

Sarri’s position is precarious after a run of poor results but his team put in a valiant performance in Sunday’s match against City, who had beaten the Blues 6-0 just two weeks earlier.
By AFP | London
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2019 07:52 PM IST

David Luiz says Kepa Arrizabalaga’s refusal to be substituted during the League Cup final against Manchester City does not show that Maurizio Sarri has lost the respect of his Chelsea players.

Sarri’s position is precarious after a run of poor results but his team put in a valiant performance in Sunday’s match against City, who had beaten the Blues 6-0 just two weeks earlier.

City retained the trophy with a 4-3 penalty shootout win at Wembley, but the match was overshadowed by a bizarre incident when Kepa declined to go off, sparking an angry response from the manager.

The Italian coach and Kepa later said the incident was the result of a misunderstanding and Luiz was adamant the players are on Sarri’s side.

“The coach has the power over the group. He has our respect,” Luiz said. “For me, there is not a problem here for that. We all believe in his philosophy, we all believe in the way he wants us to play.

“That’s why we did a great game against the best team in Europe at the moment. Apart from that, it was a misunderstanding and we all want to do what is best for Chelsea.”

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack believes the Chelsea hierarchy need to take a strong stance on the matter, to support Sarri.

“It was not a good picture for Chelsea,” Ballack told talkSPORT radio. “The board has to say something because it is really, really important that the players respect the coach and respect each other. Something shouldn’t happen like that.”

Kepa saved Leroy Sane’s penalty in the shootout, but could have done better with Sergio Aguero’s effort that slipped under his body as City retained the trophy after a goalless draw.

“It is never easy for us to listen from afar,” Luiz added about the Kepa incident. “I didn’t know if the coach wanted to make the change because it was his decision or because he (Kepa) had already been on the floor twice.

“Kepa was saying ‘no, I’m good, I can stay on the pitch’, but from far you can’t understand.

“I’m sure if Kepa knew the coach wished to change him because it was his decision, he would have come off because he is a great professional, he is a great boy and would respect that.”

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Odisha FC fought back to hold Hyderabad FC to a 1-1 draw(ISL/Twitter)
Odisha FC fought back to hold Hyderabad FC to a 1-1 draw(ISL/Twitter)

ISL: Odisha FC fight back to hold Hyderabad FC to 1-1 draw

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:37 PM IST
It was one-way traffic in the opening half with Hyderabad all over Odisha. Their dominance saw them head into the break with a one-goal advantage after creating numerous chances.
Close
File photo of Bruno Fernandes(REUTERS)
File photo of Bruno Fernandes(REUTERS)

Fernandes in need of a rest? No chance, says Solskjaer

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:29 PM IST
Solskjaer, whose side top the table going into the midweek round of games, told reporters the midfielder's form was no cause for concern, however.
Close
File photo of Bayern Munich players(REUTERS)
File photo of Bayern Munich players(REUTERS)

Club World Cup draw pits Bayern against Africa-Qatar winner

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:26 PM IST
Champions League winner Bayern will face either Al Ahly of Eqypt or host nation Qatar’s domestic league winner Al-Duhail on February 8
Close
File photo of Atletico Madrid's Kieran Trippier(REUTERS)
File photo of Atletico Madrid's Kieran Trippier(REUTERS)

Atlético appeals to CAS in attempt to suspend Trippier ban

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 09:00 PM IST
Atlético filed its appeal to CAS a day after FIFA rejected the Spanish club's attempt to keep the ban imposed on the defender by the English Football Association from being applied worldwide.
Close
Churchill Brothers beat Punjab FC 1-0(Twitter)
Churchill Brothers beat Punjab FC 1-0(Twitter)

Late goal hands Churchill Brothers 1-0 win over Punjab FC

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 07:30 PM IST
The Goan side dominated the match both in terms of possession and chances created and the Punjab FC defence was under constant threat.
Close
 Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks dejected(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks dejected(REUTERS)

Lionel Messi suspended 2 matches for hitting opponent

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 07:17 PM IST
The Barcelona forward was facing a suspension of up to 12 matches for swinging his arm at an Athletic Bilbao player at the end of the team's 3-2 loss on Sunday.
Close
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring their first goal.(Pool via REUTERS)
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring their first goal.(Pool via REUTERS)

Aubameyang ends drought in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Newcastle

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:22 AM IST
It was a fifth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions for Arsenal and a fourth win in five league matches.
Close
Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, centre, celebrates after scoring the second goal of the game, with Samu Castillejo, left, and Alessio Romagnoli, right, during their Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Milan at the Sardegna Arena stadium in Cagliari, Italy, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Spada/LaPresse via AP)(AP)
Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, centre, celebrates after scoring the second goal of the game, with Samu Castillejo, left, and Alessio Romagnoli, right, during their Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Milan at the Sardegna Arena stadium in Cagliari, Italy, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Spada/LaPresse via AP)(AP)

Ibrahimović scores 2 as Milan beat Cagliari 2-0 to go clear

AP
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:21 AM IST
Milan substitute Alexis Saelemaekers was sent off after picking up two yellow cards in quick succession shortly after coming off the bench.
Close
File photo of Lionel Messi(REUTERS)
File photo of Lionel Messi(REUTERS)

Messi facing lengthy suspension for hitting opponent

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 10:29 PM IST
Messi could be suspended for up to 12 games for the red card he received in the final minutes of his team's 3-2 loss to Athletic Bilbao in Seville on Sunday.
Close
File photo of Phil Neville(AP)
File photo of Phil Neville(AP)

Blend it with Beckham: Neville hired to coach Inter Miami

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 10:27 PM IST
Neville was hired Monday as Inter Miami’s coach, reuniting with Beckham — a co-owner of the MLS club..
Close
SC East Bengal held off Chennaiyin FC to a goalless draw(ISL/Twitter)
SC East Bengal held off Chennaiyin FC to a goalless draw(ISL/Twitter)

ISL: 10-man East Bengal hold Chennaiyin to draw

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 10:17 PM IST
Majumder made a slew of saves to keep CFC at bay for more than an hour after the red-and-gold were reduced to 10 players following Ajay Chhetri's send-off in the first-half. They stretched their unbeaten run to seven matches.
Close
File photo of Chelsea's Timo Werner(REUTERS)
File photo of Chelsea's Timo Werner(REUTERS)

Lampard struggling to get best out of Werner at Chelsea

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:53 PM IST
Werner's brief appearance as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Fulham on Saturday was a snapshot into the problems of a player who looks bereft of confidence midway through his first season in English soccer.
Close
File photo of Luka Jovic(REUTERS)
File photo of Luka Jovic(REUTERS)

Jovic starts rebuilding career in Germany after Madrid lows

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 08:53 PM IST
The Serbian striker came off the bench in his first game back on loan in the Bundesliga on Sunday and scored two goals, lifting Eintracht Frankfurt to a 3-1 victory over Schalke.
Close
Churchill Brothers S.C. players during a practice session.(ANI)
Churchill Brothers S.C. players during a practice session.(ANI)

Churchill Brothers face RoundGlass Punjab FC, look to keep top spot

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:15 PM IST
Churchill Brothers face RoundGlass Punjab FC, look to keep top spot
Close
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Manchester United - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - January 17, 2021 Manchester United's Marcus Rashford in action with Liverpool's Alisson Pool via REUTERS/Paul Ellis(Pool via REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Manchester United - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - January 17, 2021 Manchester United's Marcus Rashford in action with Liverpool's Alisson Pool via REUTERS/Paul Ellis(Pool via REUTERS)

Man Utd making progress but still have work to do, says Keane

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 01:17 PM IST
United are two points clear at the top as they look to win the title for the first time since 2013.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP