Graham Potter says Chelsea can attack quicker because of one player

Graham Potter says Chelsea can attack quicker because of one player

Chelsea manager Graham Potter highlighted how goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga‘s distribution helps the team initiate their attack quicker.

The 28-year-old started in goal for the Blues in their last five games, in which he kept two clean sheets and conceded just three goals.

Initially, he was there to replace the injured Edouard Mendy, who had been the team’s first-choice goalkeeper in the last couple of years, but it is safe to say that Arrizabalaga has made a very strong case for his keeping his spot.

The Spain international’s ability to play with his feet, in particular, has proved to be key to Potter’s plan.

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“I thought he did really well,” Potter told Chelsea TV when speaking about the importance of Arrizabalaga’s distribution to the team plans.

“It’s important for us. At times, we have to play out through the pressure, and it gives you the chance to attack the next line.

“So it’s an important aspect to the team.

“But ultimately, they [the goalkeepers] are there to save the ball for us as well, and he did that when he had to, so yeah, a really good game from him.”

Has Arrizabalaga truly reclaimed the number-one spot? The recent team selections clearly suggest so.

Mendy is arguably still a better shot-stopper, but in a team that builds from the back, Arrizabalaga’s composure and distribution are important, as Potter pointed out.

There is a reason why Mendy had been the number one under both Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel, however, and his returning to his best would only benefit the team.

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