Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga ‘not proud’ of refusing to be substituted by Maurizio Sarri in 2019 Carabao Cup final

6 Sep

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has admitted he is ‘not proud’ of defying former boss Maurizio Sarri’s orders when he infamously refused to be substituted against Manchester City in last season’s Carabao Cup final.

The 24-year-old waved away Sarri’s orders when the Italian tried to introduce Willy Caballero in the dying moments of extra-time – a game the Blues lost on penalties.

Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted against Manchester City in last season’s Carabao Cup final

Speaking about the incident to El Larguero on Spanish network Cadena SER, Kepa again expressed his regret over his actions that day – which he said happened in the heat of the moment.

“I’m not proud of what happened. I lived in a storm that week,” he said.

“It was a situation that I hadn’t lived and that came to me in a flash. Everything went very fast, with many keystrokes.

“I apologised, he explained to me what he had felt. Internally, it was finished the next day.

“It was an unpleasant situation, but we left in a good way and from there we made a great end of the season.”

Kepa, who was fined a week’s wages for the incident, is currently away on international duty with Spain who face Romania and the Faroe Islands in the coming days.

Newcastle 1-1 Leicester (2-4 on pens): Steve Bruce incensed with ‘horror’ challenge by Hamza Choudhury on Matt Ritchie

29 Aug

Steve Bruce was left angered by a ‘horror challenge’ from Hamza Choudury as Newcastle were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Leicester.

Matt Ritchie was unable to continue after half-time following a strong tackle by the England Under-21 international, which was deemed worthy of a yellow card by referee Tim Robinson.

Bruce described the gruesome extent of Ritchie’s injury
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Newcastle were subsequently beaten on penalties following a 1-1 draw in normal time, with Yoshinori Muto cancelling out James Madisson’s free-kick before Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel saved two spot-kicks.

Bruce said: “I have to say the mess Matt Ritchie is in, the referee is five yards away and if there had been VAR tonight or whatever…

“It’s a horror challenge and I don’t want people sent off and red cards, but when I see the state of Matty’s leg… We fear ankle damage, he’s got three cuts which all need stitches.

“He’s a mess and the referee is five yards away from him, which is difficult to take when I see him like that.

“As I say, I don’t want anybody ever sent off, but when it’s a horror challenge like that… It wasn’t good. No wonder he didn’t come out for the second half.”

Choudhury was sent off for a poor challenge at the European Under-21 Championship during the summer
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However, Foxes assistant manager Chris Davies was quick to defend Choudhury as he stood in for Brendan Rodgers at the post-match press conference.

He said: “It was a strong tackle. He’s a competitor – if the ball is there to be won, he’ll go for it. There was certainly no malice whatsoever from Hamza.

“As I say, anyone who sees Hamza play knows he’s competitive and if the ball is there to be won, he’ll try to win it, so that’s how I saw it.”

Carabao Cup third round: Preston to host holders Manchester City, Liverpool travel to MK Dons and Manchester United play Rochdale

28 Aug

Carabao Cup holders Manchester City travel to Championship club Preston in the third round of the competition.

Pep Guardiola’s side have won the cup for the past two seasons, but face a tricky trip to Deepdale.

Manchester City have dominated the Carabao Cup under Pep Guardiola

City’s neighbours Manchester United host Rochdale, while Liverpool will play MK Dons at Stadium MK.

There could be potential scares on the cards for Tottenham and Arsenal who take on Colchester and Nottingham Forest, respectively.

Meanwhile, Chelsea will go up against either Grimsby or Macclesfield, whose second round game was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Portsmouth entertain arch rivals Southampton in a first South Coast derby since April 2012.

The ties will be played the week commencing September 23.

All of the third round fixtures are in full below…

Wolves vs Reading

Oxford United vs West Ham

Watford vs Swansea

Brighton vs Aston Villa

Sheffield United vs Sunderland

Colchester vs Tottenham

Portsmouth vs Southampton

Burton vs Bournemouth

Preston vs Manchester City

MK Dons vs Liverpool

Manchester United vs Rochdale

Luton vs Leicester

Chelsea vs Grimsby/Macclesfield

Sheffield Wednesday vs Everton

Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest

Crawley vs Stoke

Carabao Cup round-up: Sunderland stun Premier League club Burnley, Everton survive Lincoln scare

28 Aug

Sunderland stunned Premier League club Burnley by knocking them out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Goals from Will Grigg, Tom Flanagan and George Dobson cancelled out Jay Rodriguez’s opener to send the League One promotion hopefuls into the third round.

Will Grigg scored the first of Sunderland’s three goals against Burnley

Everton survived a huge scare after late strikes from Alex Iwobi and Richarlison clinched a 4-2 victory over Lincoln.

The Toffees had fallen behind in the first minute, but equalised through a stunning Lucas Digne free-kick.

Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Marco Silva’s side a second-half lead, before they were pegged back by Bruno Andrade’s fierce volley.

But Iwobi, who was making his full Everton debut since joining from Arsenal, and Richarlison proved to be the difference.

Another League One side had a night to remember against higher opposition as Portsmouth won 2-0 at QPR.

For Swansea, there was no shock as they put six goals past Cambridge United.

Take a look at the results in full below…

Burnley 1-3 Sunderland

Lincoln 2-4 Everton

Newcastle 1-1 Leicester – gone to penalties

Rotherham 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday 

Bournemouth 0-0 Forest Green Rovers (Bournemouth win 3-0 on penalties)

QPR 0-1 Portsmouth

Swansea 6-0 Cambridge

Lincoln vs Everton LIVE commentary: Moise Kean, Alex Iwobi, Fabian Delph and Djibril Sidibe given full debuts

28 Aug

Premier League big guns Everton take on League One Lincoln in the Carabao Cup tonight, LIVE on talkSPORT 2.

Toffees boss Marco Silva has handed full debuts to summer signings Moise Kean, Alex Iwobi, Fabian Delph and Djibril Sidibe.

Marco Silva’s Everton take on Lincoln City in the cup tonight
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Lincoln won League Two last season and have made a good start to life up a division.

Now they host Everton in the second round of the cup and will be looking for revenge for last term.

The Toffees beat the Imps 2-1 in the FA Cup third round back in January and they are set to meet again this evening.

Lincoln vs Everton: How to listen

The cup clash will get under way at 7:45pm on Wednesday, August 28.

Ian Danter will bring you our full coverage from Sincil Bank on talkSPORT 2 at 6pm.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

Lincoln vs Everton: What has been said?

Everton boss Marco Silva: “I am 100 per cent sure my players will go into the match knowing everything about Lincoln. We will do the same for Lincoln [as for any opponent].

“Nothing changes in our day, nothing changes in our focus. We will have full focus on the match. Everything the players need to know, they will know.

“Then it is up to us to do our best, to show our quality, to respect ourselves and our opponents. They are living a dream, playing against a Premier League club like Everton, and will play with 100 per cent commitment.

“We have to equal everything they do.

“If you cannot do more, equalise their commitment, their desire, and then put our quality on the pitch. If we apply our quality, our level is different – but we have to be able to show it.

“We have big ambition to go through and play in this competition. Now this is the first moment for us to show that.”

Lincoln vs Everton: Line-ups

Lincoln: Smith, Lewis, Bolger, Shackell, Toffolo, O’Connor, Morrell, Payne, Anderson, Andrade, Akinde.

Subs: Vickers, Chapman, Bostwick, Walker, Grant, Eardley, Sault.

Everton: Pickford, Sidibe, Keane, Holgate, Digne, Schneiderlin, Delph, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Kean.

Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Calvert-Lewin, Walcott, Mina, Tosun, Gomes,

Newcastle vs Leicester LIVE commentary: Jamie Vardy and James Maddison start for Foxes in Carabao Cup clash

28 Aug

Premier League rivals Newcastle and Leicester will go head-to-head in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

The Foxes have named a strong side with Jamie Vardy and James Maddison starting, while Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has rung the changes.

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester face Newcastle in the Carabao Cup tonight
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The Magpies host an in-form Foxes side who are unbeaten so far this term and won at Sheffield United last time out.

Both sides will want to mount a cup challenge this season but face a tough task tonight.

Newcastle vs Leicester: How to listen

The cup clash will get under way at 7:45pm on Wednesday, August 28.

Hugh Woozencroft will bring you all the build-up on talkSPORT at 7pm with commentary from Jim Proudfoot and Micky Gray.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

Newcastle vs Leicester: What has been said?

Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce: “Leicester are a very good side when you look at the strength in depth they’ve got. They’ve recruited very well over the years and they will be tough opposition.

“I said when I walked through the door, any Premier League team is capable of [winning the cups].

“You only have to win five games and I learnt that with Hull a few seasons ago. You saw Watford to get to the FA Cup final last year so it’s something we’ll take seriously and let’s hope we can get through.”

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers: “We want to do well in the cup competitions.

“We’ve spoken about that as a group so we’ll go there with a strong team, a strong squad, and it’ll be tough, but we look forward to it.

“We’ll have to earn the right to hopefully get into the next round.”

Newcastle vs Leicester: Line-ups

Newcastle XI: Darlow, Krafth, Schar, Clark, Fernandez, Willems, Shelvey, Longstaff, Hayden. Ritchie, Muto.

Subs: Dubravka, Manquillo, Lascelles, Dummett, Ki, Atsu.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Soyuncu, Fuchs, Choudhury, Tielemans, Perez, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy.

Subs: Ward, Justin, Evans, Gray, Albrighton, Ndidi, Praet.

When is the Carabao Cup third round draw? Ball numbers, start time and live stream

28 Aug

The Premier League’s top clubs are set to join this season’s Carabao Cup in the third round.

Manchester City beat Chelsea at Wembley back in February to win the cup last term and are now set to join the competition.

Man City won the Carabao Cup last season

The likes of Norwich, Crystal Palace, Leeds and Fulham exited the cup in the second round.

Now Crawley, Colchester and Oxford will be dreaming of landing a glamour tie in the next round.

Carabao Cup draw: Date and start time

The draw for round one of this season’s tournament was held at a Morrisons supermarket early this summer but tonight’s draw will be more traditional.

It will take place on Wednesday, August 28 and will be held pitch-side at Sincil Bank after Lincoln City’s clash with Everton.

It should begin at around 9.45pm but will be later should the match go to penalties.

Carabao Cup draw: TV channel and live stream

The second round clash between the Imps and the Toffees is live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event tonight.

The draw will follow immediately afterwards on these channels at the conclusion of the match.
Sky customers can follow it via their app and website or fans can get a NOW TV pass to watch the draw live.

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The Carabao Cup third round draw will take place tonight

Carabao Cup third round draw numbers

Seven ties to be played Wednesday, August 28 – Grimsby Town vs Macclesfield Town to be rescheduled after waterlogged pitch
1 Arsenal
2 Chelsea
3 Liverpool
4 Manchester City
5 Manchester United
6 Tottenham Hotspur
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers
8 Reading
9 Crawley Town
10 West Ham United
11 Oxford United
12 Watford
13 Swansea City / Cambridge United
14 Luton Town
15 Brighton & Hove Albion
16 Colchester United
17 Southampton
18 AFC Bournemouth / Forest Green Rovers
19 Milton Keynes Dons
20 Queens Park Rangers / Portsmouth
21 Aston Villa
22 Lincoln City / Everton
23 Stoke City
24 Sheffield United
25 Rotherham United / Sheffield Wednesday
26 Newcastle United / Leicester City
27 Burton Albion
28 Burnley / Sunderland
29 Nottingham Forest
30 Grimsby Town / Macclesfield Town
31 Preston North End
32 Rochdale

Derby County captain Richard Keogh involved in alleged scuffle with Nottingham Forest groundsman

28 Aug

Nottingham Forest and Derby County will reportedly discuss possible disciplinary action after a scuffle between Derby’s Richard Keogh and a Forest groundsman.

Keogh and other Derby players were warming down on the pitch at the City Ground following their 3-0 defeat in the Carabao Cup when the incident occurred.

Richard Keogh was involved in an incident with a Nottingham Forest groundsman
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Groundstaff from Forest were also working on the pitch when the altercation took place that is believed to have left Keogh with scratch marks on his neck.

The two men involved had to be separated by their colleagues and team-mates. It is not clear if the groundsman involved was injured in the incident.

talkSPORT commentator Sam Matterface was at the match and tweeted about the incident.

He said that Keogh and the Derby players came off the pitch swearing and clearly unhappy about what had happened.

Sky Sports News report the two clubs will discuss potential disciplinary action but no official statement has been made.

Forest beat their bitter rivals Derby 3-0 in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Albert Adomah and Joe Lolley scored first half goals to put the home side ahead before Joao Carvalho added a third late on.

Carabao Cup round-up: Leeds defeated by Stoke in shootout, Crewe hammered by Aston Villa, West Ham breeze past Newport County

27 Aug

It was frantic night of action in the Carabao Cup, with Aston Villa, Watford and West Ham recording convincing victories in their second-round ties.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds came back from a 2-0 down against Stoke but were knocked out by the Potters in a shootout at Elland Road.

West Ham secured a win at Newport

Meanwhile, Cardiff were dominated by Luton, with an own goal from Junior Hoilett and strikes from Alan Sheehan and Jake Jervis inflicting a miserable night on the hosts.

In what was undoubtedly the shock of the evening, Norwich were powerless to avoid defeat to Crawley following Beryly Lubala’s first-half opener.

And elsewhere, Southampton edged out Fulham in a narrow encounter to secure their place in the third-round.

Have a look at the results in full below…

Burton Albion 4-0 Morecambe

Crewe Alexandra 1-6 Aston Villa

Leeds United 2-2 (4-5 pens) Stoke City

Nottingham Forest 3-0  Derby County

Preston North End 2-2 (5-4 pens)  Hull City

Rochdale 2-1 Carlisle United

Sheffield United 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

Bristol Rovers 1-2 Brighton 

Cardiff City 0-3 Luton Town

Crawley Town 1-0 Norwich City

Crystal Palace 0-0 (4-5 pens) Colchester United

Fulham 0-1 Southampton

Newport County 0-2 West Ham United

Oxford United 2-2 (4-2 pens) Millwall

Plymouth Argyle 2-4 Reading

Southend United 1-4 Milton Keynes Dons

Watford 3-0 Coventry City

Grimsby Town – Macclesfield Town (Match abandoned)


Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week

  • Nottingham Forest vs Derby (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT
  • Newcastle vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT
  • Lincoln City vs Everton (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Cardiff vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Southampton vs Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT
  • Bristol City vs Middlesbrough (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Chelsea vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Burnley vs Liverpool (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT

Nottingham Forest vs Derby: Phillip Cocu knows about rivalry as Rams prepare for Carabao Cup clash

27 Aug

Phillip Cocu is well aware of the intense rivalry between Derby and Nottingham Forest.

The manager takes his Rams side to the City Ground for the second round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening, LIVE on talkSPORT.

Phillip Cocu has made an underwhelming start to life as Derby boss

“To be honest, before [joining Derby] I didn’t know [about the rivalry] because I did not have the experience to work here,” Cocu, who has won just one of his first five Championship games since replacing Frank Lampard in the summer, said.

“But, of course, it is one of the first things people let you know. It is the biggest game, and we are playing a cup game against them already.


Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week

  • Nottingham Forest vs Derby (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT
  • Newcastle vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT
  • Lincoln City vs Everton (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Cardiff vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Southampton vs Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT
  • Bristol City vs Middlesbrough (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Chelsea vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Burnley vs Liverpool (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT

“It is good, it’s great. There will be a fantastic atmosphere.

“You have to keep your emotions under control, keep the good balance between aggressiveness and to be able to play football, and don’t get into other stuff too much.

“If you are a football player, you have to love to play these kind of games.”

Derby have failed to beat Forest in their last three meetings, with their last victory coming in a 2-0 win in October 2017.

Reds boss Sabri Lamouchi says he will not field a weakened team against Derby.

He said: “A lot of our players have played a lot of games.

“We need to check on them and will then prepare immediately for Derby.

“On Tuesday, we need to pick the best possible team – a team which can cause Derby problems and which can get the win.”

Nottingham Forest vs Derby County is live on talkSPORT at 7.45pm on Tuesday 28 August