Chelsea goalkeeper has said that the Premier League’s intensity is one of the main differences to the football served up in his native Spain.
The former Athletic Bilbao stopper joined the Blues in the summer of 2018 for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper, after Chelsea allowed Thibaut Courtois to join Real Madrid.
The Spain international impressed during his first 18 months in English football and has admitted that he is enjoying the experience, despite ‘keepers getting less protection from referees than in the Spanish game.
“It’s a little bit different to playing in La Liga,” Arrizabalaga told the official Chelsea website.
“The players, and the goalkeeper also, are less protected by the referee. You need to be stronger in some balls, because the referee doesn’t say it’s a foul. You need to learn a little bit these situations.”
“You also need to understand English football is very quick, can have less control or less touches, but more opportunities,” he explained.
“The ball can be far away, but in two touches it’s in the box, so I need to be ready for 90 minutes. The games are very good to watch, with a lot of goals, speed. You need some time, but then it’s fun to play.”
“I like so much the English football, the spirit of the stadium, the supporters,” he added.
“As players you like to play in this atmosphere. I am happy and with good feeling here.”
Chelsea face a trip to Newcastle United on Saturday as they look to widen the gap between themselves and Manchester United in fifth, the Red Devils facing runaway league leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.