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It’s great to see unity in the camp, and team unity is usually one of the hidden requirements of every successful team.
Team unity was on display as Chelsea defeated Villarreal on penalties in the Super Cup. Kepa Arrizabalaga was the hero for Chelsea in the Super Cup, saving two penalties as the Blues emerged victorious against the Europa League winners.
Kepa kept out Aissa Mandi and Raul Albiol as the Blues emerged victorious by six penalties to five after the game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes.
The Spaniard was brought on late for Mendy just before shootout, and the Senegalese didn’t show any concern when he came off.
Mendy didn’t show any sign of regret to leave the pitch but rather passionately urged Kepa on as he made way to the bench.
Just before the spot-kicks, the Chelsea players formed a huddle around Tuchel, and Mendy was keen on getting his deputy mentally prepared for the shootout. There were a few quick words of encouragement from Chelsea’s number one to his deputy before the two shared an embrace.
Speaking after the game, Mendy admitted it was down to unity.
“We work for this success,” said Mendy.
“I knew since last season that if Kepa came on the pitch he would help the team like he did. I am really happy for Kepa.
“This is teamwork, it’s a team effort. When you play for Chelsea you play for success, you play for titles. We did it together and we are happy.”
Kepa himself was pleased with his contribution and showed his respect for Mendy.
“It’s not a typical situation,” said Kepa.
“I was ready because I knew this could happen, and I tried to be ready mentally and physically when we arrived at penalties.
“Edou did a fantastic job before, it was a tough, tough game against a very difficult team. We won and we are so happy. All the team did a fantastic job and we have the medal.”