Chelsea gaffer thomas Tuchel on goal Keepers Substitution he made during the game against villarreal in the Uefa super cup at the windsor park .
The german tactician provided another coaching masterpiece during the game on Wednesday’s when the match was still tied at 1-1 in the 119th minute, Kepa was subbed on to play in goal during the shootout
Thomas Tuchel On Goal Keepers Substitution
Speaking after the match Tuchel explained
Mendy was happy to make way for Kepa in UEFA Super Cup penalty shootout .
Tuchel told BT Sport after the game of his decision to use Kepa. “We talked about it with the goalkeepers after the first cup game against Barnsley [in the FA Cup last season]. We had some statistics. We were well prepared.
“Kepa has the best percentage at saving penalties, the analysing guys and goalkeeping coaches showed me the data. We spoke to the players that this could happen when we play in knockout games. It’s fantastic how Edouard accepted it.
“There is proof that Kepa is better in this discipline. They’re team players. Edouard does not show the pride to not step off the field. He was happy to do it for the team and take this for the team.”
Both goalkeepers also spoke about the move, with Mendy saying that winning trophies is a team effort that sometimes even requires two goalkeepers.
“I’m happy because we won,” Mendy said. “I knew since last year that if Kepa came on the pitch he would help the team. It’s a team effort. We play for Chelsea and for success. We did this today together.”
Kepa added: “It’s not a typical situation but we arrived to penalties after Edouard did a fantastic job. Finally we won and we are so happy. I was ready because I knew this could happen. I tried to be ready mentally and physically.”
Thomas Tuchel tactics proved to be worth taking as Kepa Arrizabalaga went on to save two decisive spot kicks in the match.