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Kepa Arrizabalaga joined Chelsea in the summer of 2018, and the Spaniard has had a feel of what the Premier League is after spending over a year in the league.
Arrizabalaga joined Stamford Bridge from Athletic Bilbao, and he has revealed something different he noticed from the Premier League and the Spanish league.
According to Kepa, the English game places a greater emphasis on clean sheets compared to the Spanish league where they focus more on scoring goals.
“What I’ve found in this country is that great value is placed on keeping a clean sheet,” he tells the Chelsea magazine, explaining that particular statistic doesn’t quite carry the same weight in his native land.
“In Spain, things are valued differently than here – they calculate how many goals you concede over the course of the whole season and judge goalkeepers on that, but in the UK they count how many clean sheets you had during the season. It’s very valuable for us as a team and everyone seems to appreciate that.”
Chelsea have the second weakest defence in the Premier League this season, having conceded 11 goals in just five games.
Only Norwich have conceded more goals than Chelsea this season (12), and the Blues are yet to keep a clean sheet in all competitions this season.
“It’s true that we’ve scored goals but we haven’t been able to get a clean sheet yet,” Kepa said.
“We really want to achieve it as a team, because obviously if you keep one it makes it a lot easier to win football matches.
“Last year we had a few more, but I’m sure if we continue to work hard we will get a clean sheet in our upcoming games. We have quality throughout the team, and that includes the defence.
“We have total confidence in the players we have. We know we need to improve. We are just at the start of this process. We have got a new team, a new coach and there is a long way to go.”