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Thomas Tuchel applauds Kepa Arrizabalaga for his mental strength in EFL Penalty shootout



Kepa Arrizabalaga saves Penalty

Chelsea are often applauded for their robust squad depth this season and the personality of players usable every week for Thomas Tuchel to choose from. Thanks to Kepa Arrizabalaga Mental Strenght.

He would need them more than ever if he has to be able to compete on all fronts this season as the games start coming in thicker and faster.

The defense would be one of the most crucial, and Chelsea will be required to fill the void of losing sensational goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, who will be participating in the  African Cup of Nations next year.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is the backup choice, and he had a momentous chance to start against Southampton in the Carabao Cup last night.

He quickly rose from zero to hero in a space of minutes as he let in a cheap goal, made three or four vital saves, and saved a penalty shoot-out that helped put Chelsea through.

The Spaniard also broke and set records yesterday, his heroic act yesterday made him break Petr Cech’s record (6) of the most penalty saves(8)  in the club’s history

Tuchel has applauded his psyche and attention after all of that to help see Chelsea through.

Kepa Arrizabalaga celebrating with Chelsea team players

Kepa Arrizabalaga celebrating with his Chelsea teammate after penalty shootout saves agains Southampton in the EFL cup Fourth round

As reported by Sports Illustrated, Tuchel said:

“When everyone thinks about stoppage time and penalties it is a dangerous moment, you can lose concentration. It was important that Kepa kept us in the game with the doubleheader save from the set pieces.”

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