Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed that Kepa Arrizabalaga apologised to the Chelsea squad following the Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City.
Arrizabalaga received widespread criticism from fans, pundits and former pros after refusing to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final. Maurizio Sarri saw it as a challenge to his authority and benched Kepa for the following game against Tottenham.
Kepa returned to the starting eleven for Sunday’s win over Fulham and was arguably our man of the match. The situation which threatened to be the undoing of our season has blown over as quickly as it arrived, and that’s down to how it was dealt with behind the scenes.
Both Sarri and Kepa ensured to nip the ‘feud’ in the bud before it got out of control, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek has now revealed how his Chelsea teammate got the squad back on-side after the game. Loftus-Cheek is quoted by the Metro saying:
“Kepa was honest with us and he apologised to all of us the day after the final and we all accepted that apology.”
“I think there was a misunderstanding involved in it but he apologised to us and we accepted it. I think it’s very important to move on quickly from that.”
There was no need for this situation to be dragged on any longer than it has. Kepa’s apology to his teammates is evidence of his maturity, which was lacking out on the Wembley turf. If yesterday’s performance is anything to go by, he’s come out of this stronger.