Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has hailed the one quality that has helped the Blues excel under Thomas Tuchel.
Kepa has credited Chelsea’s new-found success under Thomas Tuchel to ‘teamwork’ in all areas of the pitch.
The Blues have exceeded all expectations under their new manager and there are even whispers about silverware to be won come the end of the season.
While the Premier League is out of reach, Chelsea have a genuine chance to win the FA Cup and will also fancy their chances in the Champions League.
Under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea have only conceded two goals and Kepa has detailed the reason behind his side’s resolute showing at the back.
The Spanish goalkeeper made a string of saves to keep Sheffield United at bay as the Blues secured a spot to the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.
Reflecting on the win, Kepa says the Blues had to dig deep against their opponents.
“It was a hard victory against a very strong team,” said the Spaniard as per the club’s website.
“They pushed us hard in the second half, so for us to win the game and get to the semi-final makes us very happy. In the first half we controlled the game and had more possession but in the second half they came back strong and had some good chances to score themselves.”
“We knew it would be a physical game because Sheffield [United] play this way. They are a strong opponent with two big and physical strikers, playing the long ball up to them to try and latch onto the second. In general, I thought we defended well so to keep a clean sheet and to win is very good and we are all happy.”
“We are defending well. Right from the goalkeeper up to the strikers, it is the whole teamwork paying off.”
It might be time for national football but Kepa wants Chelsea to maintain their standards even after the break.
“We have an international break now but when we come back to play, we must continue in the way we have been playing recently. The manager has come in, we are unbeaten and we are in good form.”
“We have a lot of exciting games coming up, we must prepare well and keep going in this way.”
“We lost last season’s FA Cup final and we want to do better and win the competition this time. We are in the semi-final, a tough game at Wembley, and we have a chance to get to the final again.”