Kepa Arrizabalaga helped Chelsea qualify for the next round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night – and even some Southampton fans on Twitter couldn’t help but applaud his display against them.
Chelsea booked their spot in the Carabao Cup quarter-final draw by beating the Saints 4-3 on penalties last night at Stamford Bridge.
The two Premier League teams were locked together at 1-1 after 90 minutes of thrilling action before the tie went to spot-kicks.
Thankfully, cool head Reece James was on hand to score the winning penalty just like in the previous round against Aston Villa.
Kepa at heart of action against Southampton
For Kepa, he was back in the starting line-up for the midweek fixture as he continues his role as cup goalkeeper.
The 27-year-old Spaniard was busy in net against a Southampton team that played attacking and aggressive football on their Stamford Bridge visit.
He didn’t cover himself in glory with Southampton’s equalising goal that allowed Che Adams to tap in from close range. However, he sent the match to penalties after two memorable saves in injury time to prevent a late winner. His save from a Theo Walcott penalty in the spot-kicks went a long way to securing the victory, too.
Saints fans applaud the penalty king
A selection of Southampton fans on social media did pick out opposition goalkeeper Kepa for praise after last night’s game.
He was a thorn in their side on several occasions.
It does highlight what a turnaround the goalkeeper has had in 2021 that he’s now receiving praise from all angles for his performances, which are far stronger under manager Thomas Tuchel.
Here are some Southampton fans praising the goalkeeper who seems to love penalty shootouts:
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