“He had to fill those big boots” – Petr Cech hails brilliant Chelsea player

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Chelsea legend Petr Cech has hailed Kepa Arrizabalaga for brilliantly standing in for teammate Edouard Mendy.

Kepa has largely impressed in Chelsea’s last five games after being recalled to the side in the absence of first-choice shot-stopper Mendy, who is still at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal.

Writing in a column on the Chelsea website, Cech said: “I must touch on Kepa, too.

“He had to fill those big boots while Edou has been away, and he has been brilliant in all those games under even more scrutiny than usual.

“You need a strong team and every person ready to help. The goalkeeping group work so hard together to make sure they are all ready for when the moment comes, so Kepa deserves credit too.”

Meanwhile, Kepa has vowed to give his best, to always be ready, fight for his place and ensure the manager has a hard decision to make.

“It’s very important, you have to be ready. You have to be ready for yourself, you have to be ready for the team, also because it’s your job to be ready always, no?,” he said.

“When I have the opportunity, like in the cups, or like I did in the league against Tottenham, when I come in I do my best to take the opportunity and give everything to make the manager have a hard decision.”

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