Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti Defends Goalkeeper Kepa With Hilarious Beauty Comment

Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti Defends Goalkeeper Kepa With Hilarious Beauty Comment

Ero Samson
October 4, 2023 at 8:31 AM
  • Kepa Arrizabalaga completed a loan transfer from Chelsea following an injury to Thibaut Courtois
  • The Spanish goalkeeper has put in some relatively unimpressive showings
  • Coach Carlo Ancelotti has defended the club Loanee with a funny comment

Kepa Arrizabalaga completed a late loan move to Real Madrid from Chelsea due to a season-ending knee injury suffered by Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. However, since his debut against La Liga club Celta Vigo, the 29-year-old has found it challenging to shine.

Notably, fingers were pointed at the Spanish goalkeeper for Real Madrid's only defeat of the season so far, which was against their city rivals, Atletico Madrid.

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Kepa Arrizabalaga was at fault for Napoli's first goal against Real Madrid. Image: Denis Doyle.
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Additionally, as reported by Goal, Kepa was largely to blame for the first goal conceded against Napoli following a header from Norwegian defender Loe Ostigard at the Stadio Maradona.

Kepa's subpar performances have led to criticism from doubters, but coach Carlo Ancelotti has come to his defence.

Carlo Ancelotti defends Kepa

The 64-year-old Italian addressed the media after his team's victory, and as quoted by Madrid Xtra, he said,

" Kepa is a good shot-stopper, but he struggles with crosses."

Ancelotti injected humour into the situation, adding,

" Sometimes Kepa struggles with crosses because he isn't very tall, but nobody is perfect. Not even me, and I'm very handsome (laughs)."

Ancelotti's comments about Kepa have helped calm the rising speculation about the goalkeeper's position at the La Liga giants being in jeopardy.

It should be recalled that the La Liga giant started the season with the services of Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin who remains touted as one of football's finest shotstoppers.

Despite Ancelotti's word, it remains to be seen if Kepa will be in goal in Real Madrid's next La Liga fixture against Pamplona side Osasuna.

Bellingham snubs Benzema in Madrid legends list

Sports Brief also reported that the former Borussia Dortmund player has unveiled his selection of legendary figures at Real Madrid, comprising iconic athletes who have worn the prestigious Los Blancos uniform.

The English midfielder began by recognizing his fellow countryman, David Beckham, who donned the renowned white jersey of the Spanish capital club between 2003 and 2007.

He also expressed admiration for his personal idol, the legendary French footballer Zinedine Zidane, while giving credit to the 2002 World Cup champion, Ronaldo Nazario, but left out Karim Benzema.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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