Kepa admits game against Southampton was tough and explains why

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has admitted that the game against Southampton in the Carabao Cup round of 16 clash at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night was a difficult tie.

Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw with the Saints on Tuesday and only won the game through penalty shootout.

Although Kepa would take part of the blame for the Saints goal, he generally had a good game and kept the team with his second half saves. His penalty heroics during the shootout helped Chelsea through to the next round.

Explaining the difficulty of the tie, Kepa said at full-time: “The game was so tough from the beginning. They played one v one across the pitch, we had a lot of problems to take the ball, to step in with the ball at our feet so we played long balls, they played long balls and it was a really difficult game, but it finished in the best way.

“We expected something like this. From the first round we have been playing against Premier League teams so we expected this.

“Cup games are a little bit like this, both teams wanted to win so maybe we did not defend a couple of set-pieces in the best way but finally we are in the next round.”

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