Kepa reveals secret behind his penalty success.
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has revealed the secret behind his penalty success this season.
The Spaniard has led the Blues to three penalty shoot-out wins this season, with Tuesday’s against Southampton in the EFL Cup the latest.
He played a starring role against Aston Villa in the previous round of the competition, as well as the Blues’ win over Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup.
In total, Kepa has made four saves in the three shoot-outs, and he revealed what gives him the edge.
“I’ve always said I try to help the team in the best way, but I do feel really good at penalties. I feel confident,” he said. “It’s a bit of luck, a bit of work, a bit of everything but I feel really good.
“I think right now in professional football everybody has the information about the other team’s penalty takers so, like I said before, it’s a bit of everything. A bit of confidence, a bit of work, a bit of luck.
“But I feel really good on penalties and last night even more so, because it was in front of our fans. Stamford Bridge was full, they were pushing us, so it was a good cup game.
“I’m really happy to help the team, to be in the next round and win on penalties for the third time this season. Hopefully, we can win the next game in 90 minutes, but if we go to penalties I’m ready to go again,”
He further revealed coach Thomas Tuchel’s confidence pushes him, despite not featuring regularly.
“Also, I feel the confidence of the manager. This is really important. I’ve felt his support from the beginning and I think when I step in I’m ready to help the team. I’m happy to do that,”