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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa already has a voice presence on the pitch

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa already has a voice presence on the pitch

HUDDERSFIELD, England – Antonio Rudiger has praised Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea's team who signed a contract with the club, despite his calm nature after the goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in his debut against Huddersfield Town. Three days after Chelsea paid € 80 million (£ 71.5m) buyout clause in his Athletic Bilbao contract to replace Thibaut Courtois with Real Madrid, Kepa enjoyed a relatively quiet afternoon at John Smith's Stadium. Kepa had only one shot to do in the game but his line was quick to turn off the danger, and he also showed his aerial ability to claim high balls pumped into the penalty area during the 3-0 win: "He done well, "said Rudiger of his new teammate. "He tried to talk as much as possible and he did well, we as defenders need to help him and we did it, and for us it was a good day for us". In his work he is very confident, but outside the field is a quiet guy. "We all know the quality of Thibaut, but he is no longer a Chelsea player, I wish him luck in Real Madrid, but now we have to concentrate on Kepa because he is our goalkeeper." Excellent start @premier League I am very happy with my debut. Come blues !! @chelseafc Buen comienzo en la @premier League . Feliz por el debut.Hasiera ona @premier League -n. Pozik debutarekin. pic.twitter.com/W0F2R0UJ0N– kepa Arrizabalaga (@ kepa_46) 11 August 2018
The decision of Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri to implement a 4-3-3 system has presented many on his team with new positional challenges. Rudiger is adapting to his partner David Luiz in the heart of the defense, and both were more convincing against Huddersfield than they were against Manchester City in the Community Shield. "We have a good understanding," Rudiger added when asked about Luiz. "He's a quality player and we helped each other, that's the most important thing." It's never easy to adapt to a new style of play, but I think we did well. We have moved the ball well and also having a good bench is always good. "Players feel comfortable [the new style], but it is about improving and working in training ".
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