Graham Potter singles out Kepa Arrizabalaga for ‘stepping up’ in Chelsea’s win against Crystal Palace
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 03
Kepa Arrizabalaga deputised for Edouard Mendy (Picture: Getty)

was full of praise for Kepa Arrizabalaga for ‘stepping up’ after ’s dramatic win against .

The Blues sealed a much needed win with a 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park, which came thanks to a late winner from Conor Gallagher.

Kepa was deputing for , who failed a late fitness test before the game in south-west London.

A knee injury kept the Senegal international out of the fixture, handing Kepa a golden opportunity to impress new boss Potter.

The Spaniard has been heavily criticised since his £73m move to Stamford Bridge in 2018 and he’s been understudy to Mendy since his arrival two years ago.

But Kepa produced a number of fine saves after Palace took the lead, which gave the Blues a platform to build their comeback.

And Potter says Kepa showed great mental strength to produce a performance of that pedigree at short notice.

Potter was impressed by Kepa (Picture: Getty)

‘I thought he did really well,’ said Potter.

‘He made a couple of big saves but I thought his distribution and decision making was also strong.

‘Ultimately, we need players to step up and I feel he did that today.’

The win came in Potter’s first Premier League match in charge of the Blues, which was postponed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth.

Potter drew his first game in charge, which was a 1-1 draw with Red Bull Salzburg at Stamford Bridge.


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