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Kepa Arrizabalaga
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Spanish Footballer
Desc The role of the goalkeeper has changed drastically over the years, and most coaches these days appear to want a gloveman who is not only proficient with his hands, but also with his feet. In Arrizabalaga, Chelsea have a shot-stopper capable of making key saves while also playing the sweeper keeper role effectively, which is key when playing a high line


Org xxxx National Team
Club as Player Chelsea FC
  Athletic Bilbao

2019 06 05 Retrieve

[Kepa Arrizabalaga says Eden Hazard is among the top five players in the world and the very best in the Premier League] He can do everything. [He can] mark, assist, play as a false nine, play on the left, on the right, he is very fast, powerful, great in one-on-ones, plays well coming from deep. He is, for me, the best player in the Premier League.

[Asked whether he is as good as the five-time Ballon d’Or winners] I could not say, but he is close. I put him among the five best in the world. He is a great player, and above all a great person. He is a guy that always boosts the dressing room. He’s fun, quiet, and at 28 he’s in a great personal and sporting situation, and it shows in the way he is playing

2019 06 05b Retrieve

[Kepa Arrizabalaga insisted his relationship with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea remains strong as the pair compete to be first choice for Spain in their forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers] There are three goalkeepers in the squad. We have all been called up by Luis Enrique and we all want to play. We train hard and then it is the coach who decides. My relationship with De Gea is very good, we have worked well together. In addition to competing, we usually talk on the phone. We have a fluid relationship.

Sweden and the Faroe Islands have a similar profile. We assume that Sweden is going to be more difficult, but the conditions that we are going to find [in the Faroe Islands], with artificial turf, will hinder the game. We have two important matches that may not come at the best time, but our goal is to reach Euro 2020. The team is confident and we will do the best we can

[Kepa refused to be substituted during the Wembley showpiece, and the former Athletic Bilbao man admitted it was a decision he regretted] It has been several months now. It’s true, that was a bad week for me. Of course it was a day I’m not proud of. I said sorry to him and from then on our relationship has been very good, like it was before. I’ve kept his confidence, we’ve accomplished our targets and I think our season was very positive. It has been a step forward in my career in every sense [moving to Chelsea]. I’ve had a lot of games, we accomplished our targets for the season and now, looking backwards, I think it has been a positive year

2019 06 10 Retrieve

[Kepa wanted to be left out of the debate about who should be Spain No.1. Some says it is David de Gea] We are always involved in these kind of debates from the media. We have to take it naturally, this is football. I’m happy to be playing, to help the team, and finish this season in the best possible way. I’m going to keep working as I’ve done to now, trying to do as best as possible with my club, and hopefully, keeping the trust of the national team coach. At the end, we all want to play. Pau Lopez, David De Gea and I train to play, and after all, it’s a coach decision. It’s his responsibility

2019 06 11 Retrieve

[Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga said he understands David de Gea’s sadness after the Manchester United star watched Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier from the bench] I’m going to continue working as I have until now, doing my best at my club to keep the confidence of the coach. Whoever plays will do very well. Of course I understand that David is sad, we all train to play and then it is the decision of the coach, and it is up to you to respond well. We are always surrounded by such controversies. But we must take it naturally. I’m happy to play, to help the team and to finish the season in the best way possible. The season has been very long, but before we left we had these two very important commitments. We are happy to finish in the best way possible.

[The Chelsea man was keen to stress that his inclusion in the side over De Gea has not caused any strain between the two men] I have a great relationship with David. We train a lot of the time together apart from the team, as well with Pau Lopez, because we are keepers. We have a relationship from many years ago and we don’t need to say anything to each other to help each other

[Asked if he feels like Spain’s number one keeper] I just felt tonight because I am not feeling the main goalkeeper now. I am just one more out of the three keepers Luis Enrique has been calling in and when I have the chance of playing I try to add my experience to the team

2019 10 11 Retrieve

[Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga claims he would like to return to Athletic Bilbao one day] Of course I would like to return to Athletic. I don’t know when or how or what, but playing at Athletic obviously I’d like that. I have great memories

For several months my grandma saw more of me in the newspapers than in the flesh. There was a lot of talk about me. I was also injured for a while so it wasn’t a good moment for me. My contract was due to expire and from January onwards I was able to start talking to other clubs. I couldn’t see myself joining [another] club. I ended up renewing my contract with the idea of staying, but six months later I left. That was the only contraction

2019 10 11b Retrieve

[Kepa Arrizabalaga feels his battle with David de Gea to be Spain’s first-choice goalkeeper can only be a good thing for the nation] My goal is to play. All players want to be in the starting XI. I am obviously confident and want to help the team. If I am one of the eleven chosen, my goal is to win a match and that will not be easy against Norway. I feel good and I’m confident. It is true that I barely participated at the World Cup and now I’m able to help the team more

[Both players have staked a claim to start regularly and Kepa says rotation is to be expected] Whenever there is a debate over a position for the national team, it is a good thing - the beneficiary is the team. Since the policy of rotating in the goal has become common, you have to trust yourself. All these comments in the press, I don’t get involved in that, we simply have to do our talking on the pitch

[Kepa left Spanish side Athletic Bilbao for Chelsea in August 2018, in the process becoming the most expensive goalkeeper in world football] I have matured as a person and as a goalkeeper. I have become accustomed to playing in a different way. I’m now seeing more physical opponents, also of great quality, and I keep developing because I’m young

2019 09 04 Retrieve

[Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has opened up about his clash with former manager Maurizio Sarri during the 2019 Carabao Cup final] I am not proud about what happened, I lived [through] a good storm that weekend. This is a situation that I never felt. He thought I was injured, everything went faster [than expected] and happened as it happened. I said sorry to everyone and Sarri explained to me how he felt after this, but we were in the spotlight this week. Internally, everything was solved and finished the day after Carabao Cup. From now I will ask the manager [questions] just in the half-time of the extra-time!

2019 09 19 Retrieve

[Chelsea Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga talks about thing that give biggest impression on him since coming to west London] What I’ve found in this country is that great value is placed on keeping a clean sheet. In Spain, things are valued differently than here - they calculate how many goals you concede over the course of the whole season and judge goalkeepers on that, but in the UK they count how many clean sheets you had during the season. It’s very valuable for us as a team and everyone seems to appreciate that

[Kepa Arrizabalaga reveals he rarely feels pressure or nerves ahead of a match] I’m not really a person that is prone to anxiety, or feeling nervous. I generally don’t feel that way before a game. What I always think is, at the end of the day, it’s football - that’s what it is - and football is what we do, it’s what we like, and it’s what we enjoy. Of course, when there are really important games there is a bit more tension, a bit more adrenaline, but I wouldn’t call it nervousness

2019 11 07 Retrieve

[Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga says he feels very lucky to have Frank Lampard as his manager] He is a coach that was, and he is a legend in the club. He was a very important player during his football career. Now he is in his second year as a coach but he is sharing all his experience. Everything he knows about football, and everything he has lived, gave to Chelsea, and the titles he won with them like the Champions League, the Premier League and all the possible trophies. I am very lucky to have him as a coach

[Kepa acknowledges there is still plenty of room for improvement but feels the Chelsea squad are enjoying themselves whenever they take to the pitch this season] Of course, there are a lot of things that we could improve, and we still must grow as a team. We are still at the beginning of the season, but we are enjoying, and we are feeling good on the pitch and that’s important for the team

[Kepa eager to make things difficult for English football’s top two] It is the truth that Liverpool and Manchester City had a better level than the rest of the teams and this season, we are fighting. Currently we are in fourth position and obviously we want to get closer to them. We want to make things difficult for them and we are in that path

2019 12 24 Retrieve

[Tottenham have issued an immediate ban to a supporter who threw a cup at Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga during Sunday’s Premier League game] We can confirm that we have identified and issued an immediate ban to the individual responsible for throwing a cup at Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga during Sunday’s Premier League home fixture. We shall continue to take the strongest action possible against anyone found to be behaving in this way

During yesterday’s match against Chelsea, Antonio Rudiger reported hearing alleged racist abuse from an individual(s) in the South Stand. We are able to track every fan via the cameras and have spent many hours reviewing CCTV footage. We have engaged lip readers to study the footage and contacted Chelsea for further information from their players. We have also taken statements from other parties present at the time. The police will be reviewing our evidence alongside us. Please be assured we shall be exhaustively investigating this matter. This Club has a proud track record of anti-racism work across all our communities and we are determined to ensure that we conduct a thorough investigation. Any fan found to be guilty will receive a lifetime ban

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Kepa Arrizabalaga has outlined his ambitions to win everything with Chelsea] The relationship with Frank is very good. He has shown me confidence from the first moment. He must make decisions, but I feel I have his confidence, both his and that of the whole club. We all like to play in every game. It is true that, in the last 10 years, Chelsea is the English team that has won the most titles, and I think we should have that ambition. In fact, I came here for that and in the first season, we already achieved the Europa League. We have a young team. Then came the penalty of not signing players (the transfer ban) but you have to keep fighting for titles. I want to win everything with Chelsea and with the national team.

We play 50 or 60 games a year and it is difficult to stay on the same level. The important thing is to be very clear about the objective, to work and put everything into improving. There may be obstacles along the way, but when you have a clear objective, it is easier. The only thing that can be done, in these cases, is to take it professionally, respectfully and work harder to turn it around

[No firm dates for the resumption of Premier League football] It is difficult to talk about dates, the players cannot control that. In Germany, it is seen that the teams are already training together; in France, it has been suspended. We are waiting and it will be decided with the health of everyone in mind. If the Premier returns soon, it will be a good sign that the pandemic is being controlled

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[Kepa Arrizabalaga confident Chelsea will challenge for the Premier League title in the future] Let’s hope we are talking in a year’s time and that we are candidates to challenge those two teams (Liverpool and Manchester City). We have a great squad and we have a great manager. We can’t deny the gap, in points, between us and the top two, but I’m confident we can close that gap next season. We know we need to improve, but it is a hope we all have. There’s a confidence that it is possible

The manager is there to choose what he considers the best XI. Whenever you are left out of the side, you take it in the spirit it is intended. You put it down to experience, a fresh experience in your life, and you just keep working hard. I’m ambitious and I’ve always had the attitude that through hard work and training hard you are ready for the next challenge. I’m young, I’m lucky enough to be playing for a fantastic club. I’m part of the national set up with Spain as well. The team (Chelsea) have been having a good feeling about ourselves. There’s a good spirit about how we’ve been playing. And individually I feel good. I want to help the team achieve its targets. We feel strong mentally and very fit physically, and we hope for an end of season that is great, positive and can be celebrated. We were one of the first teams because [Callum Hudson-Odoi] had a positive test. It all happened very suddenly. I didn’t want to put members of my family at risk by travelling. I just took things step by step. I paid close attention to the news. I saw it as an opportunity to do stuff I never normally have time for. Tidying the house and doing some cooking