Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea goalkeeper, has published an article on the portal The Players Tribune. In it he tells in first person some of his most important experiences throughout your career, and give a different point of view to which we all have since it tells us everything ‘from the other side’.
The meta begins by talking about his youth stage. At just 16 years old, he talks about what he called him first team of Athletic Bilbao: “I was with Luis Llopis, coach of the first team, and he told me ‘tomorrow you train with us’“He did not understand it at first, but quickly made it clear that he was raising it with the elders.
Kepa nos talks about the emotion that was that for him, but he also found some opposition from their parents: “‘¿And what about school? ‘ After skipping several classes for training, they talked to the club. ‘You’re 16 years old and you have to study. ‘
The following was the how the club convinced his parents and how the meta hallucinated, because in 2011 and at that age of 16 he trained with club legends such as Javi Martínez or Llorente, who had just won the World Cup with the Spanish team. All this at the command of a figure of the stature of Marcelo Bielsa.
Until 2013 he joined the ranks of the Athletic’s second team, and that was when he took a very important step in his carrer. He left on loan to Ponferradina, Second team, which brought him something out of his usual environment. But he is clear: “It was one of the best decisions of my life. There I showed (and myself) that I could be important in the professional soccer”.
From his time in the first team he hardly gives details, and then Kepa ‘takes a leap’ 4 years later, to 2018: “My clause was 80 million euros and he knew that Athletic was not going to negotiate. But they told me that Chelsea had made a very high offer, and I said ‘they really love me’“His march to London was another of the big decisions of their life.
There he tells us its first season, how I did not speak English but the Spanish’ the club helped him (Cesc, Pedro, Azpilicueta, … O Kovacic): “My first season was very good, we qualified for Champions and we won the Europa League against Arsenal and I played a lot with the Spanish team. “
Of course, don’t overlook your controversy of the Capital One final with Maurizio Sarri, that transcended beyond the purely footballing. Remember that Kepa did not want to be replaced despite the fact that the Italian coach I wanted to introduce Caballero in his place after seeing him on the ground at the end of overtime.
“I asked for assistance to give the team air, I had no serious problem. I tried to make him a signal to the coach but he did not understand it. Lament not having come out when the referee raised the poster “. Kepa thus justifies his action and he apologizes: “I was wrong and I’m sorry by Sarri, by Caballero, a great colleague and professional, and for fans and members del Chelsea”.
The vision that both club as the goal they had of the incident it had nothing to do with the media ‘noise’ it had generated. That was one of the most striking episodes of the year without a doubt: “Outside the club that had happened as a mother. I saw that it was trending topic mundiahim, and many people thought he had disrespectful to Sarri “.
Kepa felt misunderstood even though he tried to explain to the press. Then he tells us about the 2019/20 course, complicated for the team and for him personally. It gives again that first-person view that fans do not have from outside, in relation to the criticism he suffered.
“Criticism was used to hurt, that was too far. When you family and your friends They read horrible things about you, it affects you. We are people trying to make our I work my best. “
In the last section of his ‘letter’, the Basque explains that currently he is very happy at Chelsea and that he loves his profession. Also from the unit in the team, and that has allowed them to win the Champions against City. The most personal Kepa has touched our hearts.
To read the full original article, at The Players Tribune, and click here.