Ben Chilwell has posted a hilarious message on Twitter about Chelsea teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga after he starred in the penalty shootout win against Southampton.
Blues goalkeeper Kepa showed his skills yet again from 12 yards on Tuesday night to help beat the Saints 4-3 in the shootout.
The game itself finished 1-1 after 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup Round of 16 tie.
Kepa, 27, made a brilliant double save in normal time to keep the hosts alive in the cup fixture. He then denied Theo Walcott brilliantly during the spot-kicks to help allow Reece James to eventually score the winner for Chelsea.
The Spanish shot-stopper is understandably the number two at the Bridge behind Edouard Mendy. However, it’s clear his confidence has shot up under Tuchel and he’s performed well when asked in 2021.
Chelsea defender Chilwell, who scored his penalty, has uploaded a comical six-word post after Kepa’s performance tonight:
“I think Kepa can read minds,” he wrote.
Kepa stars again in Chelsea victory
In fairness, Kepa may feel he could have done better with Che Adams’ equalising goal during the 90 minutes. He ended up parrying the ball straight into the path of Adams to score from close-range.
The goalkeeper showed tremendous character, though, to deliver an outstanding second-half display. He bailed his team out on several occasions to send the match the distance.
There is no doubt the London giants will take a significant loss on the £71million they paid for Kepa in 2018. However, he’s back to enjoying his football again and his reputation this calendar year must have improved.
He was one of a few players that really impressed tonight, including centre-back Trevoh Chalobah.
Blues need minimum of one trophy
This club has set such high standards in recent times that winning silverware each season has to be a minimum aim.
Tuchel will know he’s constantly under pressure, despite helping to guide the club to Champions League glory in May.
His team look incredibly solid in cup competitions, so things will really start heating up now they’re in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
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