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Name 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 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

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