why tuchel substitute Kepa for penalty shootout ? – Thomas Tuchel says the decision to substitute Kepa Arrizabalaga during extra time for the penalty shootout was planned.
Thomas Tuchel says the process had been in place since his first cup game with the club in February against Barnsley
Kepa replaced Edouard Mendy with just a minute to go in extra-time against Villarreal in Belfast, with the score at 1-1, before he saved two penalties to help the Blues to a 6-5 penalty shootout victory.
Thomas Tuchel says the decision to replace Kepa was made months ago as the Spaniard’s heroics helped Chelsea win the Super Cup.
Mendy’s body language when being replaced suggested the move was planned, and Tuchel said after the game that the decision had first been made before Chelsea’s FA Cup tie with Barnsley in February, the German’s first cup game in charge of the club.
Tuchel was full of praise for both goalkeepers, as the European champions made a winning start to competitive action.
“It was not spontaneous,” Tuchel told BT Sport. “We talked about it with the goalkeepers when we came and had the first cup game against Barnsley.