The Spanish goalkeeper missed the penalty kick to present the Reds with the title at Wembley Stadium last weekend
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba used his social media account to show support for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after his foul cost the team the Carabao Cup trophy.
The Blues played Liverpool in the League Cup final on Sunday night at Wembley Stadium. After a goalless result in regulation time and extra time, the match was decided on penalties.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has opted to bring in the Spanish goalkeeper in place of Edouard Mendy, hoping the former will help the Londoners win the final. However, he failed to stop any of Liverpool’s 11 penalties and shot over the bar and the Reds won 11-10.
Kepa apologized for his absence on his official social media account.
“To fall and rise. Disappointed after a great effort during the tournament. We keep working. Thank you, Chelsea FC family for your support,” said the 27-year-old.
Former Ivory Coast captain Drogba retweeted the Tweet, but with a comforting message. “Carry on Kepa, my goalkeeper, Chelsea FC.”
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) February 27, 2022
Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Jamie Redknapp called Chelsea’s decision to withdraw Mendy to Kepa a ‘rubbish idea’.
“I don’t like it, it’s a bad idea,” said Redknapp, quoted by Sky Sports. “I think it’s a case of being too smart for your own good.
“How could anyone say they wouldn’t have won if Mendy had been in goal? It’s rubbish, it’s nonsense – he didn’t even come close to a penalty. Mendy is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and then you bring in Kepa instead, ridiculous. ”
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville said he didn’t understand the reason behind Mendy’s replacement.
“I don’t like [replacing goalkeepers for penalties]. It’s not the time to look into this, it could have been worth it. They obviously know Kepa has an excellent record of penalty saves, but I still don’t understand,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“Mendy has been excellent and has made saves throughout the game, he’s got the atmosphere, the feeling, he’s warmed up.”
Chelsea will now focus on the FA Cup, where they are scheduled to take a trip to Luton, while Liverpool will host Norwich City.