Chelsea’s exceptional Manager Thomas Tuchel has once again proved his masterclass after successfully defeating a strong Villarreal with an unprecedented keeper substitution.
Villarreal had held Chelsea in a frustrating 1 – 1 draw throughout the full 90 minutes and also the extra time, forcing them into a penalty shoot out.
Hakim Ziyech scored Chelsea’s only goal from a beautiful assist from Kai Havertz. His goal was returned with an equalizer from Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno in the 73rd minute.
Chelsea’s Manager Tuchel who had observed the game however quickly substituted Keeper Mendy with Kepa. His decision was surely made out of his understanding that Kepa is better at penalties.
Chelsea went ahead with Keeper Kepa ensuring he saved two of the Villarreal’s penalty, creating the big chance for Chelsea to win 6 – 5 in penalties.
Kai Havertz missed the first spot-kick but after that Chelsea were perfect while both Aissa Mandi and Raul Albiol both saw their penalties saved by Kepa as Chelsea won 6-5.