Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek believes that Kepa Arrizabalaga has redeemed himself after he went from penalty shooter to spot kick hero
- Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to change in the Carabao Cup final in February
- Chelsea eventually lose the cup final 4-3 on penalty & # 39; s against Manchester City
- The 24-year-old pulled two fine saves on when Chelsea reached Frankfurt from Frankfurt
Ruben Loftus-Cheek believes Kepa Arrizabalaga completed his redemption from penalty shooter to spot kick hero to encourage Chelsea to the Europa League final.
Spanish stopper Kepa made widespread anger at refusing to be replaced before Chelsea lost the Carabao Cup 4-3 final on penalties against Manchester City on February 24.
But the 24-year-old pulled off two saves when Chelsea defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 in a shootout during the second leg of the Europa League semi-finals.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek believes Kepa Arrizabalaga has redeemed himself after the League Cup farce
Now Chelsea will face Arsenal in a May 29 showdown in Baku, with Loftus-Cheek urging Kepa to come full circle from his Wembley low point.
When asked if Kepa's criminal heroics were causing long-term worry, Loftus-Cheek said: & # 39; Yes absolutely, I ran straight to him at & # 39; the end of & # 39; a shootout.
& # 39; We have apparently gone down and he has set off two fantastic rescues, one between his legs that he has just expressed. It's fantastic for him.
& # 39; I was so nervous about & # 39; a south line. But it just felt great when Eden (Hazard) put the final penalty away, knowing that we will go to Baku for the final. & # 39;
Chelsea will end their Premier League campaign at Leicester on Sunday, before turning their attention quickly to that semi-English Europa League final in Azerbaijan.
Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga filled himself in to deny Goncalo Paciencia
Loftus-Cheek was part of Chelsea & # 39; s Premier League title-winning squad in 2017, but acknowledged that moving to a European final will prove a whole new level.
& # 39; I won the Premier League, but it didn't feel the same, because & # 39; I didn't make a big contribution to it, & # 39; said Loftus-Cheek.
& # 39; But this season is the Europa League where I spent most of my playing time.
& # 39; That it would feel great to be a main player in the team, with goals and assists, to then lift that trophy.
& # 39; I don't know what that feeling would be like, because I never did. But it would be great.
A penalty prior to Paciencia's miss Kepa had saved Martin Hinteregger's early attempt
& # 39; The finale will be difficult. First, it will be just great to be part of a European final.
& # 39; It will be the biggest game of my career if I do.
& # 39; But I look forward to it with all the excitement and fun that comes with it.
& # 39; And I think we need to do that, you know, get into a big game like that we need to be focused on, but also enjoy it.
& # 39; It's such a great opportunity that you can sometimes leave it with you, but I think we just have to relax and enjoy it and play our best football.
& # 39; Against Arsenal, another English side, it will be fun. & # 39;
Arrizabalaga did not obey orders and refused to reach the Carabao Cup final in February
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