Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri insists he is fully in control of the dressing room despite his extraordinary touchline row with Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Carabao Cup final.
The Chelsea goalkeeper refused to be substituted in the closing moments of extra time at Wembley on Sunday, prompting a furious reaction from his head coach Sarri.
Kepa, who appeared to be struggling with cramp, went on to save from Leroy Sane in the penalty shoot-out, but Manchester City eventually triumphed 4-3 after 120 goalless minutes of action.
Sarri later stressed the incident was simply a misunderstanding and that he would not be taking any severe action against the player for apparently refusing to obey his instructions.
The 60-year-old then made it clear that Chelsea’s largely impressive performance showed that he has not lost authority over the squad, even if the Kepa incident might suggest otherwise.
“I think that, if you saw the match, you can understand very well that, today, the players played exactly the match we prepared yesterday,” Sarri told a news conference.
“So, I think I am in control, fully in control of the situation.
“Now, I’d like to speak about something else, about our way of football today, because our way of football today was a little bit different from other matches.”