Ben Chilwell sent a three-word message to Chelsea teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga last night to congratulate him for his latest Chelsea performance.
The Blues booked their spot in the Carabao Cup final on Wednesday evening by winning 1-0 away at Tottenham, which rounded up a comprehensive 3-0 aggregate victory over their London rivals in the semi-final.
Antonio Rudiger’s goal from a corner kick earned Thomas Tuchel’s side a deserved victory, albeit VAR had to intervene on a few occasions to correctly not allow Spurs a route back into the contest.
Chelsea defender Chilwell, who’s injured for the rest of the season, praised goalkeeper Kepa on Twitter for his display at Spurs.
For Kepa, he’s made a strong start stepping in for Chelsea’s regular number one goalkeeper Edouard Mendy while he’s away for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 27-year-old perfectly timed a challenge on Lucas Moura to deny him, with VAR on hand to overturn the referee’s decision to give a foul. Also, he pulled off a superb reflex save late on when the contest was all but over and on the main dealt well with set-pieces into his box.
Kepa’s U-turn at Chelsea takes guts
Yes, it seems doubtful that Kepa is going to retain the spot of number one goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge in the long-term.
However, there is no longer a panic when he’s picked in the starting line-up, and the way he’s performed during the last 12 months is admirable.
A fresh start under Tuchel has allowed him to rebuild his confidence and start looking like a top goalkeeper again. Incidentally, he’s got five clean sheets in eight games so far this season.
It’s been a tough ride for him during his time in English football, but his career is definitely getting back on track. Chelsea teammate Marcus Bettinelli recently said people should remember Kepa is still only 27.