Chelsea coach, Carlo Cudicini, has been impressed by the way new signing Kepa Arrizabalaga has adapted to the Premier League. The Blues made the Spaniard the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of the sport when they triggered an €8 0million release clause to lure him from La Liga side, Athletic Bilbao, in August.
Despite such a hefty price tag, Kepa, so far, has managed to live up to the billing, conceding only 16 times in 21 Premier League appearances.
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Cudicini, who is now a member of Maurizio Sarri’s coaching staff, moved to Chelsea from Castel di Sangro in 1999 and spent a decade at the club before joining Tottenham Hotspur in 2009.
Having experienced the challenges himself, Cudicini believes Kepa has settled in superbly at a Premier League club.
“It’s kind of the same thing as for Maurizio. Especially for a goalkeeper, the Premier League is a different way,” he told reporters, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
“I do remember when I first joined here and obviously it was a big difference, with the physicality and the speed of the game.”
“It’s a completely different way of playing the game. I think he’s adapted really well. He was straight in, he didn’t have a lot of time to get used to this football but he’s coping very well. We are all very happy about his performance.”
Chelsea, who are currently placed fourth in the Premier League table, are next in action away to Tottenham in the first leg of the EFL Cup semifinal on Tuesday night.