THOMAS TUCHEL has revealed his delight at Kepa Arrizabalaga’s soaring confidence – with the Spaniard set to replace Edouard Mendy.
The £71.6m goalkeeper, 27, has struggled for the most part after moving from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.
As well as his Carabao Cup final against Maurizio Sarri, a series of missteps drew criticism from fans, pundits and even former coach Frank Lampard. Kepa.
However, Tuchel has ‘revived Kepa’s confidence behind the scenes’, according to To enter.
The Spaniard trained hard and impressed in the Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Brentford, winning the man of the match award after three superb saves.
The tournament runs from January 9 to February 6 – but players may have to take a longer break due to travel to both sides.
Despite that, Tuchel emotional revealed: “I am extremely impressed with Kepa.
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“It’s no longer a surprise because he’s in a state of mind as a person, as a character and as a sportsman, where he only brings us because he does things. what he does best.
“This is what he does every day in training and this is why he gets the reward he deserves.
“I’m absolutely sure that this is why he has performances like this.
“I am super happy, we need him in this form.
“The goalkeepers are a strong team. Kepa was an important part of it and Kepa was a big factor today, especially in the first half.”
In October, Kepa revealed he was feeling good again under Tuchel – following criticism from his German predecessor, Lampard.
The Spaniard confirmed: “Now I feel more comfortable in everything.
“I feel like everything is going in the right direction, and I’m very confident.
“I did feel my confidence high again.”
Kepa can also take part in a lot of matches – with matches coming dense and fast into early 2022.
Chelsea will play at least six times in January, including games against Liverpool and Manchester City, as well as three games against Tottenham – one in Prem and both the second legs of the Carabao Cup semi-final.
The Blues will then fly to the United Arab Emirates in February for the Club World Cup.
With Mendy expected to be absent, Kepa could become a key player in the coming weeks.
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