Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has experienced developments in his game in the last few months. He began to find his confidence back with the Blues (Chelsea’s nickname).
Including the attention of Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel who began to give him playing minutes, especially when Edouard Mendy was unable to appear. It turned out that Kepa Arrizabalaga was able to repay that trust.
Previously, Kepa’s career at Chelsea was considered a failure. Considering he was recruited with the status of the most expensive goalkeeper in the world, but his performance was far below expectations.
Then Kepa was knocked out to the bench in the Frank Lampard era. Chelsea also brought in a new goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy.
Since then Kepa has only been a cover, but now he is making the most of the opportunity under Thomas Tuchel.
Change of attitude
Kepa Arrizabalaga has repeatedly been a Chelsea hero this season. Although not always a starter, he can repay the coach’s trust when given the opportunity.
Kepa’s development was also appreciated by his colleague, Cesar Azpilicueta. According to him, Kepa has developed rapidly since entering the Thomas Tuchel era.
Kepa started to become a very important player for the team,” said Azpilicueta.
“He showed an extraordinary attitude. We have an extraordinary group of goalkeepers and just look how important they are to the team,” he said.
According to Azpilicueta, one of the reasons behind Kepa Arrizabalaga’s slick performance is Chelsea’s conducive internal atmosphere. Every goalkeeper supports each other, that’s why Kepa continues to improve.
“Whoever plays gives a big role. We are very lucky to have two goalkeepers like them,” continued Azpi.
“I only see Kepa working hard in every training session, even when he knows he won’t play. He is always ready for the team.”
“We have to enjoy this situation with the goalkeepers who are with us.”
Premier League: Chelsea lauds Kepa after saving crucial penalty in FA Cup
The Chelsea goalkeeper coach praised the appearance and professionalism of Kepa Arrizabalaga. His action in the FA Cup when he saved Plymouth Argyle’s crucial penalty proved that the goalkeeper can keep his focus.
Kepa Arrizabalaga was the hero in Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Plymouth in the FA Cup stage. He saved the opponent’s penalty kick in the 118th minute which was executed by Ryan Hardie.
This is a good signal for the Spanish goalkeeper considering that he was unable to compete with Edouard Mendy. As is known, his act of refusing to be substituted in the 2019 League Cup final saw him eliminated from his role as goalkeeper No. 1 Chelsea.
Chelsea Assistant Coach , Arno Michels, revealed that the team management was satisfied with the professionalism of Kepa Arrizabalaga. What did he say?
Praise be to the Heavens
“It’s not just about saving penalties but also about performance, it’s a very good performance,” said Michels.
“In the last game, I felt that Kepa was very reliable. He has the ability to read minds what players are going to do.”
“He’s friendly and a great guy. So I’m very happy for him, he was able to save us from a penalty.”