Pundit claims ‘flat-footed’ Chelsea keeper Kepa could have done better for Man United equaliser

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Man United managed to secure a late equaliser at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has come under fire.

Chelsea took the lead in the 87th minute through a Jorginho penalty, but they were unable to hold out for all three points.

Casemiro rose to meet Luke Shaw’s cross and headed past Kepa in the 94th minute to secure United a point. The result leaves both sides outside of the top four, but with a game in hand on both Newcastle and Spurs.

Former Chelsea man Tony Cascarino thinks that Kepa could have done better for the Man United equaliser.

The pundit told talkSPORT: “The goal was a hard one to swallow because Kepa’s played really well. I’m not sure he covers himself in glory with the goal from Casemiro.

“He was flat-footed. It wasn’t going at a great height when he scored. It was a good header but I thought Kepa could’ve done better.

“He’ll be really disappointed because they’re quite capable of keeping a clean sheet very comfortably.”

The Spanish goalkeeper has done well in recent weeks to reclaim his spot as Chelsea’s number-one goalkeeper.

Kepa has been the preferred option for Graham Potter since his arrival and his performances have backed up the manager’s choice.

In truth, Kepa had done well to keep Man United at bay for as long as he did. Erik ten Hag’s side had a total of 13 shots, with six of their attempts being on target.

Prior to the game at the weekend, Kepa had kept five consecutive clean sheets for Chelsea. Potter has previously praised the Spanish goalkeeper for the character he has shown to fight for his place in the side.

Following their 1-1 draw, Potter was disappointed to concede late on but conceded that a point was a fair result.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s disappointing because you’re 1-0 up and you can see the end. But over the course of the game I think a point is about right.

“We improved a lot after the first 30 minutes and in the end we take what we get.

“We could’ve got out a bit more connected, but it’s a great header. It only just went in.

“That’s our first goal we’ve conceded in a while because it’s dropped us two points. We have to appreciate the work ethic but adjustments need to be made as well.”

Next up for Chelsea is a midweek test against RB Salzburg, before they face Brighton at the weekend in the Premier League.

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Pundit claims ‘flat-footed’ Chelsea keeper Kepa could have done better for Man United equaliser

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