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Tuchel: I trust Kepa and he is capable

Thomas Tuchel lavished praise on backup goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga ahead of Chelsea‘s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham.

With Edouard Mendy away at the African Cup of Nations, the Spaniard is now filling in for the Senegalese goalkeeper, and Tuchel spoke highly of the former Athletic Club man.

“Maybe you don’t believe me but I never experienced Kepa nervous, never. Not one single day. I never experienced him jealous and nervous,” he said at the pre-match press conference.

“There was a very genuine trust that everybody had in Kepa once he needed to play and once we let him play. I felt the same from him. He was very calm, very focused.

“This is what he does every single day.

“We had the feeling he felt he does not need to show now in his 90 minutes that he is capable.

We trust him and he is capable. It is not easy his position because it is not a lot of changes in the goalkeeping position.

“We have him and are so happy to have him, that’s maybe the difference. There was no extra sentence, no extra speech, no special stuff. It was genuine trust.

“We are just happy that he can show it because he is absolutely ready to show it.”

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