Connect with us

ARTICLES

“Very strong”- Tuchel heaps praise on 26-year-old Chelsea ace after penalty heroics vs Villa

Published

on

Thomas Tuchel with Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Thomas Tuchel delighted with Chelsea ace Kepa Arrizabalaga after Aston Villa game

Speaking in the post-match interview (h/t The Mirror), Thomas Tuchel has praised the performance of Chelsea ace Kepa Arrizabalaga after his penalty heroics against Aston Villa in the EFL Cup.

The Blues came eventually came through on the day as they entered the fourth round of the EFL Cup after defeating Aston Villa. However, it was a hard-fought battle.

Timo Werner gave the West London club the lead after just 10 minutes into the second half as he scored his first goal of the season. Villa, however, soon equalized, thanks to a bullet header by Cameron Archer.

Kepa Arrizabalaga helped Chelsea beat Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup.
Kepa Arrizabalaga helped Chelsea beat Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup. (imago Images)

The game went to penalties and Chelsea’s hero on the night was Kepa Arrizabalaga yet again. The Spaniard saved one penalty from Marvelous Nakamba, which proved to be the difference-maker after Reece James put Chelsea’s fifth penalty into the roof of the net. 

This is not the first time this season that Arrizabalaga has produced heroics in a penalty shoot-out as he also did so against Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup final last month. Tuchel was delighted with his shot-stopper’s performance against Aston Villa.

Kepa Arrizabalaga produced similar performances in the penalty shoot-out against Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup final. (GETTY Images)
Kepa Arrizabalaga produced similar performances in the penalty shoot-out against Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup final. (GETTY Images)

“Kepa is the man again. He’s very strong with penalties. It helps if you have had good experiences, even in penalty shoot-outs, so we focused on that.”

Tuchel was also pleased that some of his fringe stars got some minutes out on the pitch. He said (h/t The Mirror):

“It was a good game, full of energy, good chances, two teams who tried everything to win. It was a nice game to watch. This is also part of what we do: to have entertainment. I’m happy because we won, and we have some competitive minutes in our players’ legs.”

Thomas Tuchel was delighted with Kepa Arrizabalaga's performance.
Thomas Tuchel was delighted with Kepa’s performance. (imago Images)

More Chelsea News

Kepa, however, will now be hoping to retain his spot for Saturday’s clash against Manchester City as there are still doubts over Edouard Mendy’s fitness levels for the weekend. 

Latest News

Gilmour impressed for Scotland vs England. Gilmour impressed for Scotland vs England.
ARTICLES6 hours ago

Loan Watch: PL club’s boss explains why talented Chelsea loanee has been missing from action recently

Norwich boss Daniel Farke explains the situation surrounding Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour and his recent lack of playing time Speaking...

Chelsea signed Edouard Mendy in the last summer. Chelsea signed Edouard Mendy in the last summer.
A View From The Bridge7 hours ago

“Worth every penny”- Several Chelsea fans rejoice as 29-year-old star fires Blues to PL summit with derby win

Chelsea fans react as Edouard Mendy stars in 1-0 win over Brentford A number of rival stars questioned earlier this...

Thomas Tuchel revealed that four Chelsea stars- Reece James, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, and N'Golo Kante will miss the clash against Juventus Thomas Tuchel revealed that four Chelsea stars- Reece James, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, and N'Golo Kante will miss the clash against Juventus
ARTICLES8 hours ago

“I’m not into these”- Tuchel brutally disregards Ballon d’Or even with five Chelsea nominees

Thomas Tuchel gives honest verdict of Ballon d’Or with five Chelsea players nominated Speaking in a press conference (h/t The...

Eden Hazard is a legend at Chelsea. Eden Hazard is a legend at Chelsea.
A View From The Bridge1 day ago

Report: Former Chelsea superstar now in La Liga could be receptive to sensational Stamford Bridge return

Eden Hazard could be open to returning to Chelsea in the summer transfer window According to The Express, Real Madrid...

Thomas Tuchel (L) greets Chelsea's French striker Olivier Giroud during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea. Thomas Tuchel (L) greets Chelsea's French striker Olivier Giroud during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea.
A View From The Bridge1 day ago

“I was our top scorer”- Former Chelsea striker still baffled why Tuchel didn’t hand him playing time this year

Olivier Giroud questions his lack of opportunities at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel According to The Athletic (Subscription Required) [h/t The...

Thomas Tuchel shouting instructions from the sidelines. Thomas Tuchel shouting instructions from the sidelines.
A View From The Bridge1 day ago

“I am not happy”- Tuchel shows clear frustration at veteran Chelsea superstar’s late return from international duty

Thomas Tuchel unhappy with Thiago Silva’s late return to Chelsea According to Sky Sports, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted...

Advertisement

Tags