Chelsea news: Jose Mourinho speaks out on Kepas refusal to obey Maurizio Sarri in Carabao Cup final

Jose Mourinho has criticised Kepa for weakening Maurizio Sarri’s position (DAZN)

Jose Mourinho admits Kepa’s decision to undermine Maurizio Sarri during Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City made him ‘really sad’.

Kepa caused huge controversy at Wembley by refusing to be substituted for Willy Caballero in the second half of extra time with the game set to go to penalties.

Maurizio Sarri was clearly angered by Kepa’s act of defiance, although after the game the Italian moved to play down the incident and blamed it on miscommunication between himself and the team doctor.

But Mourinho, who won three Premier League titles in his two stints as Chelsea boss, believes Kepa’s actions put Sarri in a weakened position.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea looks dejected following the Carabao Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 24, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Kepa refused to be substituted as Chelsea went on to lose the Carabao Cup final (Getty Images)

‘I don’t like that he leaves his coach and the assistant coach in a situation of great fragility,’ Mourinho told DAZN.

‘Luckily, I never had to go through this.

‘The goalkeeper wants to show his personality, his confidence, wants to show that he is there and wants to be at the shootout and make saves, and I like that.’

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