Vincent Kompany has said that he was relieved to see Willy Caballero remain on the bench.
The former Manchester City custodian was denied a chance to be on the pitch by his teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga, as he refused to come off the pitch despite being instructed by Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.
Manchester City captain and defensive ace Vincent Kompany has said that he was relieved to see his former teammate Willy Caballero not take the pitch last night in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley. The player, who currently plies his trade at Chelsea, was about to replace the Blues number one Kepa Arrizabalaga but, in a shocking turn of events, the Spaniard refused to listen to the orders of his manager and remained on the pitch for the rest of the match.
Both Sarri and Caballero were left fuming on the sidelines but Arrizabalaga stood firm on his decision. Later he saved Leroy Sane’s shot in the shootout but was not able to get his side over the line as David Luiz and Jorginho missed their spot kicks so as to hand over the trophy to the Citizens for two consecutive seasons.
While at City, the Argentine goalkeeper pulled off three saves in the Carabao Cup final of 2016 to help his side to win the trophy. Reminiscing about the incident, Kompany said, “I know how good Willy Caballero is on penalties, last time we won it he won it for us so I didn’t want him to come on! It didn’t happen in the end.”
Speaking about the bizarre behaviour by Kepa, he added, “Of course I have never seen it, I wish I could do it whenever I get subbed. In the end we had that little bit more confidence. Other than [Eden] Hazard we were ready to win it on penalties.”