Kepa Arrizabalaga has won the Castrol Save of the Month award for October after producing a wonderful fingertip save against Aston Villa.
The Spaniard has been in sparkling form after wrestling his place between the sticks back from Edouard Mendy, and was at his absolute best during the Blues’ 2-0 win at Villa Park.
Dropping down low to his right, Kepa managed to tip Jacob Ramsey’s fierce shot onto the post after beating down John McGinn’s initial shot – the 28-year-old having little time to react from the first effort on goal before being called into action once more.
The save was one of seven Kepa made on the today, and he’s now been rewarded with his efforts with the Castrol Save of the Month award for October.
“It’s a privilege to have this award, it’s my the first time,” Kepa said upon receiving his trophy. “The most important things was the game. We kept a clean sheet, we won the game.
“The first was a strong shot,” he continued, referencing the first of a quickfire triple save. “The second one for me was the most difficult one, the third one I touched it, it hit the post and went away.
“You have no time to think, everything you train for everyday is shown in that 10 seconds. Good adjustment, good save, I watched it a couple of times. It’s good to have a look at yourself, you see different details, every player, every position, so it’s more analytical.
“The emotion is full of adrenaline, but you are happy and you feel a confidence, you feel well when you help the team. “When you are involved there, you are not thinking anything, you are just acting, trying to move fast and as quick as you can, trying to catch every ball.”
Kepa follows in the footsteps of Nick Pope and Jordan Pickford, who won Castrol’s Save of the Month award in August and September.
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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