Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga seems to have gotten his mojo back as the Spaniard has been very high on confidence lately.
Kepa was called upon to stand to stand in for the injured Edouard Mendy in the London derby against Tottenham last week, a task which he accepted and aced by keeping a cleansheet
Kepa was also on hand for Chelsea against Aston Villa in the Carabao cup in midweek as he saved a penalty in the shootout that helped Chelsea to a 4-3 victory on penalties after drawing 1-1 after a 90 minutes where the Spanish Goalkeeper also stuck to his task by keeping Villa’s attacking onslaught at bay a couple of times.
Kepa has chiseled his name into Chelsea folklore after overtaking Blues legend Petr Cech as the goalkeeper with the most shootout saves in Chelsea history. The former Chelsea number 1 has saved 6 penalties in shootouts while Kepa has made 7 saves.
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel in his press conference yesterday confirmed the return of Edouard Mendy from injury which means Kepa would have to be dropped for the game against City tomorrow. A situation which Tuchel believes the Spanish goalkeeper perfectly understands.
Tuchel: “We are here to push Kepa to the absolute limit. He’s fantastic & we’re happy to have him. But Mendy is in the moment number one & number one is ready to play. It’s easy, not hard at all. There are no hard feelings in there.”@FRANCE24
Tuchel: “This is welcome to Chelsea, the competition goes on at a very high level. They are friends, there are no hard words. He will not come to my office and say I’m not happy.”@FRANCE24
Thomas Tuchel’s comments simply means Edouard Mendy is undisputed first choice goalkeeper for now. Hence, it is very unlikely Kepa Arrizabalaga would displace the Senegalese soon.
Anyways, Chelsea find themselves in a very pleasant situation as they now have two top goalkeepers battling to start in goal.