With his vital save in last night’s penalty shoot-out victory over Aston Villa, Kepa Arrizabalaga etched his name into the Chelsea history books.
The Spaniard now has seven such saves, and with it the record for the most penalty stops by a Chelsea goalkeeper in shoot-outs. Kepa’s strong right hand to palm Marvelous Nakamba’s spot-kick away moved him clear of Petr Cech in the all-time rankings.
Here we detail all his saves and the other Blues stoppers to have made their mark in a shoot-out over the years…
Kepa – seven shoot-out saves
Kepa was involved in three important shoot-outs in his very first season at Stamford Bridge. He made the difference in the semi-final success over Tottenham, in the Carabao Cup, and Eintracht Frankfurt, in the Europa League. Against Spurs he denied Lucas Moura, while the European tie was going the Germans’ way after Cesar Azpilicueta ’s effort was saved, but Kepa kept out back-to-back spot-kicks to allow Eden Hazard to score the winner.
In the 2019 Carabao Cup final he denied Leroy Sane, and then this season he made two stops in the Super Cup before last night’s heroics against Villa.
Petr Cech – six saves
Half of Cech’s six shoot-out saves came in Champions League finals, with his stops to deny Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger in Munich the most important of the 30 shoot-outs we have contested.
He also kept out Ronaldo in Moscow, in defeat, and Leighton Baines in an FA Cup reply which we also lost. His other two shoot-out saves came in the 2009 Community Shield, thwarting Patrice Evra and Ryan Giggs as we ran out comfortable winners.