He was attentive in his goal during the 180 minutes that the key lasted and saved Chelsea from the goal on several occasions. Kepa Arrizabalaga was one of the most outstanding players in the Carabao Cup semi-final series against Tottenham. But in addition to his saves, the Spaniard was the protagonist for a clever move in the second leg.
On Wednesday night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the goalkeeper showed his extensive knowledge of football regulations and left Harry Kane in an advanced position to prevent a goal against the ‘Blues’.
The action in question occurred at minute 64, when Chelsea failed to start and Tottenham seized the ball. Kepa didn’t think twice and went ahead a few meters to leave Kane offside, who did not forgive in the area and defined from the right.
All the fans of the ‘Spurs’ celebrated to the fullest in the venue; however, the referee decided to review the play in the VAR. There it was found that Kane was ahead of Andreas Christensen’s line, while Antonio Rudiger, who was the last man, had gone to cover the space Kepa had left.
“In order for there to be no offside, the striker needs to be behind two players (usually the goalkeeper and a defender). In this case, Rudiger, being in goal, acts as a goalkeeper (for offside purposes) and the offside is measured against Christensen (although he almost damaged Kepa’s plan, he managed to be behind Kane )”, explained Judge Central, in a post on Instagram.
In the end, Chelsea was left with the victory (1-0), thanks to a goal from Rudiger. On aggregate, the cast led by Thomas Tuchel won by a score of 3-0 and advanced to the final of the competition.