Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga put in an excellent individual display last night in the Carabao Cup – and even some Tottenham fans on Twitter praised his display against them.
Kepa, 27, helped Chelsea record a 1-0 away win at Spurs on Wednesday to secure safe passage to the League Cup final.
The Blues won 3-0 on aggregate over the two legs and will face either Liverpool or Arsenal in next month’s final at Wembley Stadium.
Thomas Tuchel has a lot of credit in the bank as Chelsea manager after winning the Champions League last May, but history shows it’s a difficult position to fill for the long-term at Stamford Bridge.
The German boss is fully aware of the constant pressure on him, so to reach another cup final is a big.
For certain, winning the Carabao Cup would be a huge springboard to try win more this season with a squad more than good enough to compete across the board for silverware. The Blues last won the domestic cup competition back in 2015 when they beat Spurs.
Spurs fans credit Chelsea gloveman Kepa
A selection of Spurs supporters on social media couldn’t help but acknowledge Kepa’s performance against them.
The £155,000-a-week goalkeeper made several important saves during the 90 minutes, as well as a great sliding challenge on Lucas Moura.
Kepa, praised by teammate Ben Chilwell for his latest display, is growing in confidence as a player.
He’s settled in his position as number two goalkeeper at the club and is getting a decent opportunity now due to Edouard Mendy’s Senegal call-up for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Up next, a Premier League showdown against leaders Manchester City that’s going to put Kepa in the spotlight.
If he continues like this, even teammate Mendy may be looking over his shoulder to know his starting position isn’t 100 per cent secure.
Here are some Spurs fans discussing him: