Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel ended up choosing Eduoard Mendy to start the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool on Sunday, but Jamie Carragher “wished” it was Kepa in goal after Sadio Mane saw his effort saved by his Senegalese compatriot in the first half. Tuchel was keeping Jurgen Klopp second guessing on who he would start for the Carabao Cup final.
Kepa has been the first choice for Chelsea in the Carabao Cup this season, playing in all five previous rounds.
And the Spaniard impressed during Mendy’s time at the Africa Cup of Nations with many tipping him to keep his place in the line-up to face Liverpool.
But Tuchel opted to revert to his usual No 1 for the Carabao Cup final and his decision soon paid dividends in the opening 45 minutes.
Naby Keita tested Mendy from range with the 29-year-old getting down to his right, but only parrying the ball back into the box.
Mane was on hand ready to pounce on the loose ball, but Mendy incredibly got back up to get a hand on the Liverpool forward’s shot.
Gary Neville said on commentary at the time: “I can’t believe Mendy got across to that!”
And Carragher jokingly stated that Mendy’s save made him frustrated it wasn’t Kepa in between the sticks.
“I wish Kepa had been playing! What a save this is from Mendy,” Carragher joked.
“This is the biggest chance of the game. Mane has to score but you have to give so much credit to the goalkeeper. Absolutely fantastic.”
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