How Kepa surpassed Petr Cech to set a new all-time Chelsea record vs Aston Villa – 101 Great Goals


Kepa surpassed Petr Cech to set a new Chelsea record vs Aston Villa Kepa surpassed Petr Cech to set a new Chelsea record vs Aston Villa




















How Kepa surpassed Petr Cech to set a new all-time Chelsea record vs Aston Villa

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga etched his name indelibly into the club’s history books on Wednesday night.

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Thomas Tuchel’s men were of course back in action 24 hours ago.

After continuing their impressive opening to the new Premier League campaign courtesy of a 3-0 drubbing of Tottenham, the Blues turned their attentions towards matters on the cup front.

An EFL Cup 3rd-round showdown with Aston Villa was forthcoming, with a considerably more testing evening, in turn, having played out.

After youngster Cameron Archer cancelled out a rare Timo Werner finish just beyond the hour-mark, proceedings were sent to a penalty shootout.

And it was the hosts who ultimately went on to hold their nerve, booking a 4th-round showdown with Southampton courtesy of a superbly-struck Reece James effort from 12 yards.

Kepa’s new benchmark

Chelsea’s spot-kick converters aside, though, another man to have proven crucial to their eventual triumph was goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Spanish international Kepa has of course come in for regular criticism across his stint in the English capital, now acting as backup to Edouard Mendy under Thomas Tuchel’s watch.

After being handed his latest start on Wednesday, and subsequently keeping out one of Villa’s penalties, though, the 26-year-old secured for himself an impressive piece of club history.

As revealed in the matchup’s aftermath, remarkably, Kepa has now saved more efforts from 12 yards during shootouts than any other player in Chelsea’s storied history, breaking his previous tie with Blues legend Petr Cech:

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4 Brighton & Hove Albion 5 3 12
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6 Everton FC 5 3 10
7 Tottenham Hotspur 5 -3 9
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