I feel confident’: Kepa explains his success in penalty shootouts
“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,” Kepa Arrizabalaga told the official Chelsea website after the Southampton win.
“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.”
Kepa’s outstanding performance in the shootout is by no means a fluke.
After the Southampton game, the Spaniard has saved eight post-match penalties for the Blues – no other Chelsea keeper has ever had more than six.
That confidence will come in handy when Edouard Mendy leaves for the Africa Cup of Nations in the winter which would leave Kepa the first-choice keeper for around a month.