Submarine Kepa Arrizabalaga: Jamie Redknapp slams ‘ridiculous’ decision to eliminate Edouard Mendy in Carabao Cup final | Soccer News


Jamie Redknapp has slammed the “ridiculous” call to bring on Kepa Arrizabalaga for Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final defeat – in which he missed the decisive spot-kick.

Kepa was named in place of first-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for the shootout – as he was, successfully, for August’s Super Cup penalty shoot-out victory over Villarreal – but skied the decisive penalty in Sunday’s final at Wembley after failing to save one of Liverpool’s players. 11 attempts, handing the Carabao Cup to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Spain international had been Chelsea’s goalkeeper for the rest of the competition but was dropped for Sunday’s final for regular number one Mendy, who made a number of stunning saves to keep the game level. scores in normal time and overtime.

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Kepa was substituted for Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final shootout but missed his own penalty to hand Liverpool the cup

After all the outfield players then scored in the Wembley shootout, Kepa was unable to match Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher’s exploits by scoring from the spot as he was blazing.

“I don’t like it, it’s a rubbish idea,” Sky Sports’ Jamie Redknapp said of the unusual substitution. “I think it’s a case of being too smart for your own good. It just complicated it. How could anyone say they wouldn’t have won if Mendy was in goal? C sucks, it’s nonsense – he didn’t even understand close to a penalty.

“Mendy is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and then you bring in Kepa instead, it’s ridiculous.”

But the replacement was defended by Jamie Carragher.

“There’s method in that,” Carragher replied. “We must not forget that this was the decision that Thomas Tuchel made in the Super Cup when Kepa came on and Chelsea won.”

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Highlights of the Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool from Wembley Stadium

Tuchel: No blame on Kepa, blame me

Thomas Tuché said: “We feel bad for him, of course. It was a bit harsh that he was the guy to miss the one and only penalty, but there’s no blame.

“I make the decisions when I make the decisions and I can’t re-judge them when I know the result. We don’t know what would have happened if we had left Mendy on the pitch. No blame on Kepa. Blame on me because I’m the guy who makes the decisions. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. That’s the life of a football manager.”

He said sky sports: “We’ve done it before, and Kepa is slightly better in the penalty save. That’s why that was the decision. It’s quite unusual that all 11 players need to shoot, he took it a bit too fast, sometimes these things can backfire “Decisions are made when decisions need to be made, not after when everyone can judge. We have reason to do it, and no one, I just said in the locker room, I hope loses a night’s sleep because it’s not necessary.” and certainly not Kepa. That’s how It’s a final, a team must lose – and we were part of a brilliant game of football.”

Neville: I don’t understand the Kepa submarine.

Sky Sports’ Gary Neville: “I do not like it [subbing goalkeepers on for shootouts]. Now is not the time to analyze that, it could have paid off. They obviously know that Kepa has a great penalty save record, but I still don’t understand it.

“Mendy was outstanding and made saves throughout the game, he’s got the vibe, the feeling, he’s warmed up.”




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