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Friday, June 24, 2022

"He has been very decisive" - Chelsea's Kepa names the best goalkeeper in football this year

  Chelsea's second-choice shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga has made his pick for the best goalkeeper of the year. The Spaniard is curre...

 

Chelsea's second-choice shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga has made his pick for the best goalkeeper of the year. The Spaniard is currently in Marbella, spending time away from the game on vacation before he joins Thomas Tuchel's squad for the pre-season.

MARCA set up an interview with the 27-year old where he praised former Chelsea man Thibaut Courtois as the best goalkeeper this year.

The Belgian's performances at various stages in the Champions League this year kept Real Madrid in the game as he pulled off some of the best saves of his career.

When asked if Courtois was the best keeper, Kepa acknowledged the same and gave him credit for helping Los Blancos in their La Liga and European triumph. He told MARCA:

"This year yes. This year I think he has been very decisive to win the Champions League and LaLiga."


The former Chelsea shot-stopper made a whopping nine saves to keep a clean sheet in the UCL final against Liverpool as his team won the game 1-0.

It was widely regarded as the best performance by a goalkeeper in Europe's premier class tournament. When asked about Courtois' Man of the Match performance, Kepa replied:

"I don't know exactly. To win the Champions League and LaLiga there are times when the goalkeeper has to appear. It is true that he has had to appear many times but I would not be able to tell you if it is the best or not."

The 30-year old Belgian goalkeeper was always counted among some of the best in Europe, however he was criticised for his footwork on the odd occasions.

The Chelsea goalkeeper also underlined the same, but admitted that he has seen major improvements in that area from Courtois. The Spaniard said:

"I was very surprised by his footwork. Maybe it's something that before at Chelsea or madrid, at the beginning, they didn't ask him so much, but now he has taken a step forward in the game with his feet. It's the biggest change I've ever seen."

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