Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has revealed why he’s good at saving penalties.
The Spaniard once again showed his penalty prowess this season in shoot-out victories over Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup at the start of the current campaign, as well as back-to-back Carabao Cup wins against Aston Villa and Southampton.
Kepa made four saves across those three shoot-outs, taking his total to eight since joining Chelsea in 2018 and surpassing Petr Cech’s previous club record of six.
Explaining why he’s good at saving penalties, Kepa told Chelsea’s official website: “I don’t know. I’ve liked penalties all my life, all my career I’ve saved penalties.
“I don’t want to say I have a secret, because maybe I don’t, but I feel well in that area. It is like some players feel comfortable in free-kicks or penalty shooting, like Jorginho. It’s one quality that I have, so I try to put my quality in this area at the disposal of the team.
“I think success in penalties for a goalkeeper is down to a bit of everything. It’s a bit of preparation, it’s a bit of luck, it’s a bit of mental strength, it’s a bit of your quality – it’s a mix.
“Right now every team, every player, has information about the other players, so it is about how you manage that information. This is not mathematics, it’s not just two plus two equals four, so the instinct and how you approach the penalties is also important.
“What I always say is I like the penalty shoot-outs, but most importantly I like to help the team and if I can help in this way I am so happy.”