Jose Mourinho has been accused of trolling Chelsea with his reaction to the Kepa Arrizabalaga situation during the Carabao Cup final.
The Blues keeper defied his manager Maurizio Sarri by refusing to come off against Manchester City ahead of the penalty shoot-out at Wembley.
The vast majority of the footballing world has hit out at the £70million summer signing, pointing out that the keeper disobeyed and showed disrespect to his boss.
But former Chelsea manager Mourinho, who has previously clashed with his own players and fellow staff members when he has felt he has been undermined, had a slightly different take on the events.
Speaking on DAZN, The Portuguese said: “The goalkeeper wants to show his personality, his confidence, wants to show that he is there and wants to be at the shootout and make saves – and I like that.”
Chelsea fans have reacted to Mourinho’s comments on social media, and some believe he is ‘trolling’ the club as he wouldn’t have been so calm about the situation if he was Sarri.
On Twitter, one wrote: “Mourinho backs Kepa like he wouldn’t have committed murder on the pitch if one of his players had defied him like this.”
Another added: “He’s definitely trolling. Kepa would be training with the youth team if he did that to Mourinho.”
A third said: “If he did that to him. He would rant about it for 50 years,” and a fourth concluded: “Mourinho would have been angry just like Sarri was. He’s saying this for attention.”