Kepa Arrizabalaga breaks silence after penalty failure


Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has broken his silence following his penalty miss against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final.

Liverpool won their first League Cup in Jurgen Klopp's tenure on Sunday, the ninth in the club's history.

However, in a game full of talking points, it was the Blues' goalkeeping change that has since dominated the headlines following the match at Wembley Stadium.

Arrizabalaga was tossed into the spotlight two minutes before the end of extra-time, with his colleague Edouard Mendy making way despite his sensational performance during the encounter.

Scroll through the gallery above to see some of Kepa's moments during the Carabao Cup final

His manager Thomas Tuchel later explained that the Senegalese star was substituted off because he had a slightly inferior reputation for saving penalties compared to the former Athletic Bilbao No. 1.

Arrizabalaga's penalty record going into the final was an impressive one following some previous match-winning performances, and heading into the match, he had already eclipsed Petr Cech's Chelsea record for spot-kick saves, per the Evening Standard.

During the shootout on Sunday, however, all of the Reds' players, including goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, converted from the spot, while the Blues stopper saved none and missed the target with his kick to effectively hand the Anfield side their first League Cup since the 2011/12 season.

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With the emotional 27-year-old being consoled by his teammates following his miss, he has since taken to social media to reflect on the moment.

"To fall and rise. Disappointed after big effort during the tournament," he wrote on Twitter.

"We keep working. Thanks Chelsea FC family for your support."

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