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Kepa’s Keepers: Two late saves to prevent Chelsea from losing to Brighton & Hove Albion

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Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea FC - Premier League Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Collectively, Chelsea may not have started the second half of the season (which coincided with the calendar flipping over to the year 2020 in the Common Era or the Gregorian Calendar, which apparently is a big deal) on the best note, but individually, Kepa Arrizabalaga certainly got his new year off to a solid start.

As disappointing as it was to let Brighton off the hook and leave the South Coast with just one point, in many ways, we were lucky just to get that much out of the game. Were it not for Kepa Arrizabalaga’s four saves, we could’ve easily returned with nothing to show for the trip. Two of those saves arrived in fairly quick succession at the tail end of the game. The first prolonged Chelsea’s lead, the second preserved the draw.

In-between, there was little Kepa could do about Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s wonderstrike unfortunately, but the oft-maligned goalkeeper was singled out for praise by the manager afterwards (alongside N’Golo Kanté and Antonio Rüdiger) and has served yet another reminder that he just might be our best option between the sticks now, and going forward for a long time hopefully.