Kepa Reveals Secret To Penalty Shootout Saves Against Eintracht Frankfurt

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was the hero with two shootout saves as Chelsea secured a Europa League final against Arsenal.

Kepa refused to be subbed when Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City went to spot kicks.

The Spaniard admitted after the victory over Eintracht Frankfurt that he has learnt from his mistake at Wembley.

Kepa, who saved two penalties against Eintracht Frankfurt, also insisted penalties are down to luck.

The Spaniard said: “Wembley is in the past and I learnt from it. I said I was sorry but we always keep moving forward.

“We always prepare for the penalty shooters before each game and today we are lucky.

“Penalties are down to luck. Today we won and in the Carabao Cup final we lost, but this is football. Today was really good and we played against a very difficult team and we are very happy to get to the final.

“Our season was a little bit difficult but we have reached two finals and we have qualified for the Champions League so I think it’s a good season. Now we will have a strong London derby with Arsenal in Baku.”

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri could not bare to put himself through the lottery of the shootout.

Sarri said: “I didn’t want to suffer!

“There is no preparation for penalties because you can kick very well on the training ground but the pressure is different.

“You need a great personality so it’s useless to try penalties.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea star Eden Hazard continues to be linked with a summer move to Spanish side Real Madrid and many fans fear the penalty against Eintracht Frankfurt may be his final kick of a ball at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian insisted after the game against Frankfurt that he isn’t sure if the Europa League final against Arsenal would be his last game for Chelsea.

Hazard told BT Sport: “I am only thinking about winning something with this squad and this club.

“If it is my last game, I will try to do everything. If it’s not, I will see.

“In my mind, I don’t know yet so I am just thinking about winning games.”

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