Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has discussed his penalty preparations ahead of the Europa League final.
Chelsea will face London rivals Arsenal in the final of the Europa League in Baku on May 29, and the Spaniard insists he is preparing for the possibility of the tie being decided on penalties.
Maurizio Sarri’s side advanced to the final courtesy of a shoot-out victory of German side Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four, with Kepa the hero after saving from Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia.
The 24-year-old says he will study Arsenal’s possible penalty-takers, hoping to gain any advantage ahead of the tie.
’I think that nowadays all goalkeepers do some analysis – a bit of research about possible penalty-takers and where they usually like to shoot,’ Kepa told Chelsea’s official website.
‘We have plenty of data available and you always take a look at things that might give you the edge. In situations like that, where not a lot is within your control, it can help to guide your decisions. I was really pleased to have been able to do that for the team.’
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