Did Arrizabalaga’s Rebellion Cause Chelsea’s Defeat By City At Carabao Cup Final?

By Eddie Ebong – Sunday February 24, 2019.

Did Arrizabalaga’s Rebellion Cause Chelsea’s Defeat By City At Carabao Cup Final?

David Luiz in blue hit the post in the penalties while Arrizabalaga refused any substitution.

It would appear like fiction for those who didn’t watch the game. Manchester City has on Saturday, February 23, 2019, won the Carabao Cup in a penalty shootout at Wembley but that seem to be making less of the news.

What has however caught the attention of National Telegraph’s Sports Stringer, Eddie Ebong is Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga who rebelled against team Manager Maurizio Sarri’s attempt to substitute him.

Chelsea has spent seventy-one million pounds (£71m) to secure the Spanish keeper, which is Chelsea’s club record signing. Sarri decided to send on substitute Willy Caballero, who had saved three penalties in a shootout, owing to the fact that Arrizabalaga had been struggling with cramp in the closing minutes of extra time.

In what has been described as an extraordinary football rebellion, Arrizabalaga refused to come off. Team Manager, Sarri in fury backed down only for Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling who scored the winning penalty to fill up the Sarri’s basin of frustration.

In the virgin draw game that extended to extra time and eventually penalty shootout, with City winning 4-3, Ilkay Gundogan, Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva scored from the spot for Manchester City while Leroy Sane’s was stopped by Arrizabalaga.

Even though Chelsea’s Cesar Azplicueta, Emerson and Eden Hazard scored theirs, Jorginho’s was stopped by Ederson and David Luiz simply hit the post to hand over victory to City.

Although Pep Guardiola and his side are celebrating the victory no one to be oblivious of the fact that Sarri put forth a strong formation and that if not for Arrizabalaga’s rebellion, Sports lover would have had a better parameter to measure it. However, a win is a win!

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