Kepa reveals the secret to penalty success

‘But I feel really good on penalties and last night even more so, because it was in front of our fans. Stamford Bridge was full, they were pushing us, so it was a good cup game.

‘I’m really happy to help the team, to be in the next round and win on penalties for the third time this season. Hopefully we can win the next game in 90 minutes, but if we go to penalties I’m ready to go again.’

However, keeping confidence high can be difficult for a goalkeeper when playing time is scarce and Kepa has needed to be patient as Edouard Mendy’s fine performances since joining Chelsea have made him Thomas Tuchel’s first choice, but the Spaniard credits the trust he feels from our head coach for ensuring he is ready to step up when called upon.

‘Of course I want to play more regularly. My last game was also a cup game, more or less a month ago, so it’s not easy to sometimes step in and feel the same as you would if you play every week, but I try to be ready, train hard, be involved in the team.

‘Also, I feel the confidence of the manager. This is really important. I’ve felt his support from the beginning and I think when I step in I’m ready to help the team. I’m happy to do that.’