Kepa Arrizabalaga reveals the improvement he’s targeting in his game

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has revealed he hopes to get better at playing with his feet.

Only Allison of Liverpool (84%) and Ederson (87.2%) of Manchester City have better pass success rate than Arrizabalaga (78.3%) in the Premier League.

“I feel confident and I feel good playing with my feet,” Kepa told Chelsea’s official website. “When I was growing up I would watch Spain play. When you are young you try to copy what you see. It was the Spanish national team’s way of playing, so we tried to do that from a young age.

“At Bilbao it was something they wanted us goalkeepers to do in the academy. Then it depended on the manager in the first team. It changed a little bit when I was there. We played a bit longer because we had two very strong strikers.

“But also in the national team, and before in the young national teams, we need to play very much with our feet. I think I always have had good play with my feet, but obviously every year you are improving.

“Of course you work on it with your team-mates and the goalkeeper coach, but also you keep your time after training: to try some passes, try some situations that can happen in the game. The final target is to improve and be better.”

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