Ben Chilwell has shared that Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is always part of the group of players who does extra after training.
26-year-old goalkeeper Kepa, who’s had a turbulent time at Stamford Bridge, has played just 11 games across all competitions this season after being replaced by Edouard Mendy as the number one. However, Thomas Tuchel has started him in the last two matches.
Kepa kept a clean sheet in the FA Cup semi final win over Manchester City, as well as in Tuesday night’s goalless draw against Brighton in the Premier League.
The Spaniard has been heavily scrutinised after failing to live up to expectation since joining for £71million (BBC) in 2018 from Athletic Bilbao, but it sounds like his attitude can’t be questioned.
Blues left-back Chilwell, 24, has detailed the extra work from the shot-stopper behind the scenes.
“Whenever you see the boys after training out doing extras, Kepa is always in goal saving the shots,” Chilwell said.
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Chelsea have found themselves a great number one in colossus goalkeeper Mendy, who is rightfully the first-choice option.
But Tuchel rewarded Kepa’s cup display with a league appearance, and he certainly didn’t let the side down on either occasion with a couple of strong saves.
It’s hard to picture him breaking back into the XI on a permanent basis, but perhaps the club can help boost his resale value a small margin with some positive displays in their team.
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