Chelsea Kepa Arizabalaga is the best in the world when it comes down to penalty shootouts. The Spanish goalkeeper has managed to work on his penalty saving ability over the years and now, he is undoubtedly the best when it comes down to penalty in the Premier league. Of course, fans will always mention other excellent goalkeeper like Nuer, Allison or Oblak but none of these goalkeeper's come close to Kepa Arizabalaga in saving penalties. I am not exaggerating, the records are there to prove it.
So the first quality that makes Kepa the best penalty saver in world football is his anticipation. The Chelsea man rarely dives the wrong way during a penalty shootout. He picks his spot well and waits for the penalty taker to shoot before diving. If you manage to change your mind at the last minute before shooting against Kepa, the Chelsea man might still save the pen.
For the best goalkeepers in the world, concentration is very important whole facing a very good penalty taker but it's easier said than done. Penalty takers are very smart, like Ronaldo or Bruno Fernandes and can make a goalkeeper look silly even during a shootout. But on Kepa's part, the Spanish International is rarely fazed by any player. He just stands there, stares at the penalty taker and reads his run up perfectly. I would say that his concentration also helps him read the body language of the penalty taker if he's going to go for power or placement.
3. Ability To Keep Calm Under Pressure .
The best qualities a goalkeeper or a player about to take part in a penalty shootout can have is the ability to deal with Pressure. Over the years, we've seen big players tremble when it comes to taking a game deciding penalty on the big stages. I am talking Cristiano Ronaldo (before he mastered it) in 2008, John Terry and a few others. For Kepa, he's never under pressure when facing some of the best penalty takers in the world. His body language remains simple and as calm as one can ever be. Kepa makes the art look easy and it's just one attributes that Spanish goalkeepers tend to have (Diego Alves is a great example).
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