Kepa Arrizabalaga has enjoyed a good run of games after being benched for around 2 years for Chelsea. Graham Potter’s appointment and Edouard Mendy’s injury has helped Kepa to regain his starting place as he continues to impress his new manager.
Potter credited Chelsea’s goalkeeper coach Ben Roberts for helping Kepa regain his form and confidence. The Spaniard has appeared in eight matches for the Blues this season and kept five consecutive clean sheets.
On Arrizabalaga’s uptick in form, Potter said: “I think that’s part of the relationship Ben [Roberts] has with him – and he is good at that. At the same time, the past is the past.”
“You’ve got to look at the situation now and in my interactions with him, [I’ve found] a really responsible guy, was not happy with how things had gone, and wanted them to go better. But sometimes life doesn’t go that way; it’s not a straight line.”
“Sometimes you have to suffer and he probably has. He would’ve liked to have been better but maybe that is an experience that he has that makes him who he is now and maybe the future is a different story. The most important thing is he can embrace those challenges, embrace the suffering he’s had to have, and then show his quality. That’s why everyone is happy he is performing the way he is. It’s a positive story.”
Kepa suffered under Thomas Tuchel’s management as he played only 15 games last season.