By Mukwuzi Joseph
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has spoken out after his side’s penalty shoot defeat to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup Final.
The Reds eventually won the cup 11-10 on penalties as every Liverpool player converted from the spot after the game finished 0-0 in extra time.
Arrizabalaga was brought on by Thomas Tuchel for Edouard Mendy in the final minute of the game due to the former’s positive record in shootouts.
However, after all, 11 Liverpool players had scored from 12 yards, it was the Spanish keeper who skied his effort over the crossbar to hand victory to the Reds.
Taking to social media after the game Arrizabalaga said: “To fall and rise. Disappointed after (a) a big effort during the tournament. We keep working. Thanks, @chelseafc family for your support.”
The 27-year-old did manage to get a hand to Ibrahima Konate’s penalty but ultimately saved none of Liverpool’s efforts and could not match his goalkeeping counterpart Caoimhin Kelleher in scoring from the spot.
However, there was a logic behind Thomas Tuchel’s somewhat controversial decision to bring on Arrizabalaga.
The Chelsea boss made the same substitution in August against Villarreal in the Super Cup, with the Spaniard saving two penalties.