“He has the ability to read minds” – Chelsea coach lavishes praise on Kepa Arrizabalaga after FA Cup heroics


Chelsea assistant coach Arno Michels praised goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after his performance in the side's win against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Chelsea beat Plymouth 2-1 in extra-time, courtesy of a winner from Marcos Alonso, but it was Kepa's performance that has stood out for Michels. The Spaniard saved a penalty late in extra time to make sure the match didn't go into the penalty shootout. After the match, Michels said :

"It is not just his penalty save but his performance. He has had very good performances in the last few matches. He is very reliable and has the ability to save penalties. It's hard to even beat him in training on penalties. He has the ability to read minds."

Kepa joined the Blues back in August 2018 from Athletic Bilbao for £71.6 million in a record fee for a goalkeeper. He fell down the pecking order, however, at Stamford Bridge following the arrival of Edouard Mendy last summer.

However, recent performances in both domestic cup competitions, the FA Cup, have begun to catch the attention of many. The FA Cup performance penalty save against Plymouth comes after two successful penalty shootout victories for the Blues in the Carabao Cup.

Kepa will be hoping his domestic cup competition heroics will see him usurp Mendy for a regular starting berth at Chelsea.

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