It seems inevitable that Maurizio Sarri will lose his job as Chelsea manager in the coming days.
Prior to Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, it was being widely reported that the 60-year-old would be sacked if he failed to beat Manchester City.
Chelsea were much improved at Wembley compared to the recent 6-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium and took City to a penalty shoot-out, but in the end they lost.
Jorginho and David Luiz both missed their penalties as Raheem Sterling scored the winner with a thunderous strike to seal a second-successive triumph in the competition.
However, the 2019 final will always be remembered for a quite incredible incident involving Kepa Arrizabalaga and Sarri.
When Kepa looked to be injured in the final few minutes of extra-time, Sarri called on Willy Caballero to come on and replace the Spaniard.
The board even went up with Kepa’s number on it, but he refused to leave the pitch and angrily gestured to the bench that he didn’t want to be substituted.
Sarri and assistant manager Gianfranco Zola were furious as David Luiz tried to convince Kepa to respect the decision. Again, he said no.
Kepa ended up staying on as Caballero returned to his seat, leaving Sarri utterly humiliated at Wembley.
Chelsea’s manager has since described his and Kepa’s bust-up as a “misunderstanding” and he also appeared to fall out with captain Cesar Azpilicueta after extra-time.
Azpilicueta was nowhere to be seen when Kepa was refusing to be replaced and there’s a good chance Sarri was angry with him for not doing something about it.
In the video below, Sarri can be seen shouting at the Spanish right-back as he’s restrained by centre-back Antonio Rudiger.
Azpilicueta let himself down by not telling Kepa to leave the pitch and he made things worse in his post-match interview by saying: “I was on the other side of the pitch. I can’t comment.”
Not exactly captain material, I think you’ll agree.