KEPA ARRIZABALAGA comes off the bench to win to win the super cup for Chelsea by saving two penalties in the shoot-out to push Chelsea past Villarreal after Gerard Moreno had cancelled out Hakim Ziyech’s goal in regulation time of the 2021 UEFA Super Cup.

What’s been said

Kepa, Chelsea goalkeeper: “It’s not a typical situation. Edouard and the rest of the team did a fantastic job. It was a tough game against a very difficult team, but we have the medals. It’s not a normal situation but I was ready, because I knew this could happen. I tried to be ready both physically and mentally.”

Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea coach: “We were well-prepared. We had a statistic that Kepa is the best in terms of saving penalties. The analysts showed me the data and then we spoke with the players [explaining] that this can happen in knockout games. It’s fantastic how Mendy accepts it. We were very strong in the first 30 minutes. Then we lost a bit of pace after our goal. Their equaliser was well-deserved. We invested more until the 120th minute and deserved to win.”

Unai Emery, Villarreal coach: “It’s an honour to represent this club, Villarreal and La Liga on a day like today. You cannot fault the players for anything because they’ve put in a fantastic effort.” 

Gerard Moreno, Villarreal striker: “It wasn’t meant to be for us but today is a day to be proud. Proud of the team, of the fans, of what the club is, of what the people are. We’re now competing with the best. Chelsea were the favourites. For me, they’re the best team in the world.”

Both teams’ XI

Chelsea: Mendy (Kepa 119); Zouma (Christensen 66), Chalobah, Rüdiger; Hudson-Odoi (Azpilicueta 82), Kanté (Jorginho 65), Kovačić, Alonso; Havertz, Ziyech (Pulišić 43); Werner (Mount 65)

Villarreal: Asenjo; Foyth, Albiol, Pau Torres, Pedraza (Estupiñán 58); Pino (Mandi 91), Trigueros (Moi Gómez 70), Capoue (Mario Gaspar 70), Alberto Moreno (Morlanes 85); Gerard Moreno, Dia (Raba 86)


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