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Why Chelsea were not happy at full-time after their goalless Premier League draw vs Brentford

Matthew Debono

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Why Chelsea were not happy at full-time after their goalless Premier League draw vs Brentford

Kepa Arrizabalaga admitted Chelsea’s dressing room was in an unhappy mood after their 0-0 draw against Brentford, believing they dropped two points in the west London derby. 

The 28-year-old has been on fire since his step in goal at the start of September for Chelsea due to Edouard Mendy’s early injury and he hasn’t looked back since. 

Kepa has kept five clean sheets in a row in all competitions, with two of his best performances coming in the last two matches. He produced stunning stops in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, before continuing in the same vein on Wednesday evening at the Gtech Community Stadium. 

Kepa Arrizabalaga in action against Brentford. (Alamy)
Kepa Arrizabalaga in action against Brentford. (Alamy)

He made several stops to deny in-form Ivan Toney which saw Chelsea claim a point to maintain their unbeaten start to life under Graham Potter and stay inside the Premier League top four places. 

He still has hopes of making Spain’s World Cup squad but Chelsea's record goalkeeper signing is taking all the positives of his upturn in form for club, which could then affect and help his chances of getting selected to take a place on the plane to Qatar next month. 

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Feeling very well, feeling confident with and without the ball,” Kepa told Amazon Prime on his personal performances. “ I’m feeling like I am helping the team. Happy. 

“We didn’t win, we dropped two points because at the end of the game we had clear chances but we have to keep going.

“Every player needs this confidence (from the manager), this push and for a goalkeeper it is even more important to have continuity. 

“When you are not playing, there are a lot of things you have to be aware of as training is not the same. I am playing well with confidence. I have to keep going and working.

Chelsea manager Graham Potter with Kepa Arrizabalaga after the Premier League match. (Alamy)
Chelsea manager Graham Potter with Kepa Arrizabalaga after the Premier League match. (Alamy)

“We are not happy because they had chances, but we had chances. The last 15-20 minutes we had clear opportunities, we dropped two points. 

“We want to be fighting with the top clubs and stay as high as we can.” 

Despite Kepa insisting nobody is happy with the point, head coach Graham Potter believes that a share of the points was a fair outcome in the capital. 

He said: “We are always disappointed when we don’t win. A point is fair. They had chances, we were pushing at the end. A really tough game. We pushed and pushed, not easy in the schedule we have, I’m proud of the boys they gave everything.

“Four points (from the last two away games) which is not too bad. We wanted to win but we have to credit our opponent, take the point and go again.”

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Chelsea, Premier League, Football, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Brentford

Matthew Debono
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