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Kepa Arrizbalaga dramatic save sees Chelsea fans make total U-turn on flop

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Kepa Arrizbalaga dramatic save sees Chelsea fans make total U-turn on flop

Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizbalaga has been continuing his fine form in goal for the Blues- this time with a spellbinding stop during the side’s victory against Al-Hilal

Kepa Arrizbalaga was once a sidelined figure at Chelsea – but supporters are starting to pay the goalkeeper some massive compliments following his recent displays.

The Spaniard starred as the Blues made it to the Club World Cup final, beating Al-Hilal 1-0 to progress to the final game.

Thomas Tuchel’s men will face Palmeiras on Saturday – but part of the reason for their progression was the wonderful save made by Arrizabalaga during the semifinal.

At the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on 67 minutes, Arrizabalaga – who signed from Athletic Bilbao for £71.6million in 2018 – flew to his bottom left to parry a shot away and keep his clean sheet, following on from his FA Cup heroics last week against Plymouth.

And Blues supporters were certainly impressed with the wonderful save on Wednesday – and the 27-year-old’s recent form overall.

One said: “Wow! Kepa is indeed back. What a save.”

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A fine save from Chelsea’s number two

Another said: “Kepa Arrizabalaga take a bow! That is an absolutely incredible save, with the ball seemingly behind him he still had the wrist strength to keep that out.

“It just gets better every time you watch it. Sensational, world-class stuff from Kepa.”

A third stated: “Kepa appreciation tweet. Name me another team where the number two is this good.”

A last one said: “Kepa bringing match-winning energy of late after being steady in comfortable games vs Spurs. Properly tested vs Al Hilal and Plymouth though.”

After Arrizabalaga’s late penalty save against Plymouth in the FA Cup on Saturday, the keeper was labeled a “mind-reader” by assistant coach Arno Michels.

 

The west London side were ahead 2-1 in extra time when he brilliantly saved Ryan Hardie’s spot-kick to send Chelsea through.

Michels said: “It’s not only about the penalty save but it’s also about the performance, it was a very good performance. In the last matches, I’ve felt him very reliable in his game.

Chelsea's goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (C) saves a shot during the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup semi-final football match between Saudi's Al-Hilal and England's Chelsea at Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi, on February 9, 2022. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)
He somehow tipped the ball around the post

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“His strength is to save penalties, he’s shown it a few times now: in the Carabao Cup twice, against Villarreal, and even in training, it’s hard to beat him.

“In penalty shoot-outs, he has the ability to read the mind of what the player is going to do.

“We are very happy with Kepa and he deserves this trust because he is a fantastic guy.

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“To work with him for one year, it is hard for him because Edou (Mendy) is playing very good, but Kepa is constantly doing very good work in training, reliable work.

“He is friendly and an amazing guy. So I am very happy for him he could save us from a penalty shoot-out.”

 

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