CHELSEA goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s errors against Everton cost his team all three points, demonstrating the importance of having a top-tier keeper on whom they can rely.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, Only 24 hours after Real Madrid and Courtois were drawn to face Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals, the Belgian’s replacement, Kepa Arrizabalaga, reminded everyone of his flaws.
That may appear harsh on a player who was called up to the Spanish national team last week and has demonstrated plenty of character in reclaiming his Chelsea spot and performing well in spells this season.
Without a doubt, if it is Courtois, he would have saved the late Ellis Simms shot that cost Chelsea all three points on Saturday night, as would virtually all of the Premier League’s top keepers and some from clubs in the bottom half of the table.
Courtois is without a doubt one of the best goalkeepers in the world, if not the best, but it is difficult to argue that Kepa is even the best keeper at Chelsea.
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Kepa isn’t a bad goalkeeper, and he can make good saves, but he rarely comes up with the game-changing save. His form is also inconsistent, rather than patchy.
Kepa’s 89th-minute goal against Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday was no fluke, and big errors have become fewer and farther between.