John Terry was disappointed to see the incident between Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa and boss Maurizio Sarri overshadow a good performance in their League Cup final defeat on penalties to Manchester City.
The 24-year-old’s number was shown on the fourth official’s board, with Willy Caballero primed to come on in his place, late in extra-time of the Wembley clash.
The Spain goalkeeper saved Leroy Sane’s penalty in the penalty shootout, but City won 4-3 as Jorginho had his effort saved and David Luiz hit a post before Raheem Sterling scored the decisive kick.
“Once your number goes up you have to come off and show a bit of respect,” said former Chelsea captain Terry, speaking on Sky Sports. “Deal with that after. That’s the last thing the players want.
“It’s certainly not the end of it it’s clouded a good performance. It’s taken the shine off a good performance, it’s disappointing. We’ll see what happens.”
The situation was clarified only after the medics who had been treating Kepa returned to the dugout.
However, the intervening period had seen Sarri angrily charge down the tunnel.
“Kepa was right, but wrong in the way he conducted himself,” Sarri said.
“I was really angry. I want to talk with him because he needs to understand that we can get in trouble, especially with you (the media).”