In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, David Luiz shares his thoughts on Kepa Arrizabalaga’s decision to remain on the pitch in the Carabao Cup final and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola describes the match as one of the toughest in his coaching career. Meanwhile, a reported pursuit of Mauro Icardi has hit a stumbling block.
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David Luiz opens up on Kepa matter
David Luiz has spoken about Kepa Arrizabalaga’s reluctance to be taken off in the closing minutes of extra-time in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, explaining the misunderstanding which arose between the Chelsea goalkeeper and head coach Maurizio Sarri over his fitness.
‘I don't know if the coach wanted to change him because he was feeling pain or it was his [tactical] decision,’ said the Brazilian to Sky Sports.
‘I think the coach he wished to do the substitution because [he was not sure] of the injury, he didn't understand that.
‘[Kepa] was telling us he was good. He was okay. The game sometimes you don't have much time to explain things, it's okay.’
Speaking to Goal.com, the centre-back indicated that he understood Kepa’s reluctanc to leave the field.
‘I can speak about me: I never want to be off the pitch, I never want to come off,’ he added.
But he also gave strong backing to Sarri and expressed disappointment that his crucial penalty miss in the shoot-out prevented the Blues from winning the trophy for the manager.
‘I love the way he plays,’ said David Luiz of Sarri, ‘I love the way he is as a man, he's a fantastic person, so of course the players are with him.
‘For me it was more difficult today to miss the penalty, to not to give him a title, than for me. I wish to give that for Sarri.’
Guardiola lauds Jorginho and Kante
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised Jorginho and N’Golo Kante after the battling performance of the Chelsea midfield duo prevented his side from finding their groove in the Carabao Cup final.
After putting six goals past the Blues at the Ettihad Stadium two weeks ago, City were unable to find the net for 120 minutes at Wembley and needed a penalty shoot-out to retain the trophy.
‘It was a tight game, we knew it would be as a final. One of the toughest teams I have ever faced in my time,’ said Guardiola of the Blues, as reported by Metro.
‘How Jorginho and Kante pressed was incredible. It is not easy to fight them.
‘I was impressed with the way Chelsea defended, they were well organised and one of the toughest teams I’ve faced in my career.’
Icardi pursuit dealt a blow?
The Sun reports the Blues are keen on signing Inter forward Mauro Icardi before any potential transfer ban, which the club is appealing, but that the Argentine forward has been offered a new deal by his club.
That could see him remain at the San Siro with a new four-year contract, despite recent suggestions of a fall-out between him and coach Luciano Spalletti.
In their coverage of the story, Football.London also reports Real Madrid have cooled any potential interest in Eden Hazard, believing a potential transfer ban would see Chelsea determined to keep hold of the Belgian.
Dynamo Kyiv president looks forward to Europa clash
Dynamo Kyiv president Ihor Surkis is keen to see how his side measures up against Chelsea in the last 16 of the Europa League.
Speaking to his club’s official website, he sized up the upcoming clash, the first between the clubs since the 2015/16 Champions League group stage.
‘We’ve got very famous opponent and it will be interesting to see how were measure up to a team like Chelsea. We always aim to perform in the Champions League and Chelsea are a Champions League-level team,’ he said.
‘We’re making progress and I don’t see anything bad about the draw. It’s very important to keep the intrigue alive until the second leg in Kyiv. If we do that, we’ll have chances to outplay Chelsea.’
Dynamo drew 0-0 in Kiev and lost 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in 2015 but Surkis feels that his team can improve on those results.
‘I believe in our player and I think they’re also optimistic,’ he added.
‘No one wants to stop at this stage, so I think it will be an interesting battle, especially for Dynamo.
‘When teams reach this stage, they don’t care about circumstances. Chelsea have a great line-up, so we don’t know who’ll perform against us. First of all we must focus on our play. I’m optimistic about forthcoming games and I hope the fans believe in our team too.’