Kepa emerges as Chelsea’s penalty shootout hero as Champions Leagues winners claim UEFA Super Cup

Kepa Arrizabalaga turned Chelsea’s penalty shootout hero after coming off the bench against Villarreal in the Super Cup.

It comes two years after Kepa’s debacle with former manager Maurizio Sarri, where the Spaniard refused to be replaced by Willy Caballero.

Fortunately for the Spaniard, current team-mate and Blues No1 Edouard Mendy had no such problems being replaced.

Kepa did not even touch the ball before the Super Cup final against Villarreal went to penalties.

But stats show Kepa has saved 5 out of 22 penalties he has faced in his career – with Mendy stopping only two out of 26.

And it proved a moment of genius for Blues boss Thomas Tuchel, with the sub keeper saving the decisive spot kick.

Kepa famously REFUSED to be subbed off for a penalty shootout during the 2019 League Cup final.

Then-manager Sarri wanted to bring on penalty specialist Caballero – but Kepa waved it off much to the fury of the Italian boss.

Kepa, signed for a world record £71.6million, was later fined a week’s wages – around £190,000 – for his petulance.

He has since publicly apologised to Sarri and his Chelsea team-mates, and put the ordeal down to a miscommunication.