Two Chelsea managers worked hard with a player in training

Petr Cech and Henrique Hilario can be greatly credited for Kepa Arrizabalaga’s revival at Chelsea.

According to the Daily Mail, both former goalkeepers have worked hard to improve specific skills suited to the team’s style of play.

Kepa certainly took those lessons and translated them into real game situations.

The 27-year-old deserves big applause for his performances over the past month.

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With Edouard Mendy winning the Africa Cup of Nations, the Spain international was given Chelsea’s number one shirt.

He helped the Blues beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup semi-final and then kept Plymouth Argyle from leading the FA Cup tie on penalties last weekend.

His hands were busy on Wednesday night with Al Hilal in the Club World Cup final four showdown, but anything the Saudi threw at him was handled expertly.

In good hands with Cech

A newfound confidence courses through Kepa’s veins at the moment, thanks to the influence of Cech and Hilario.

The goalkeeper coaches helped him go from staying on his line, as is typical in Spanish football, to playing higher up the pitch.

They did so while maintaining the Spaniard’s athleticism and penalty prowess.

Combine all of these elements together and Chelsea have one of the best understudy goalkeepers.

Unfortunately for Kepa, his time in the spotlight is coming to an end.

Mendy returned victorious from AFCON earlier this week, ready to resume his place between the sticks.

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Thomas Tuchel must make the difficult decision of which gloved goalkeeper to select for tomorrow’s Club World Cup final against Palmeiras.

Does he stay true to Kepa and reward his form, or restore the proven method?

Logic suggests the latter; decency says otherwise.

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