Kepa Arrizabalaga’s girlfriend has posted an emotional statement after he missed the crucial spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out defeat to Liverpool in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.

Kepa replaced Edouard Mendy in the last stages of extra time before the game proceeded to penalties, in scenes that mimicked Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup victory in August.

Thomas Tuchel had pre-arranged the relocation, and Mendy showed no signs of annoyance or dissatisfaction when he received the call.

However, unlike against Villarreal, Kepa was unable to save any of the ten penalties he faced and was forced to fly his shot from 12 yards after opposite number Caoimhin Kelleher had converted superbly.

Liverpool won their ninth League Cup as a result of his blunder.

Andrea Martinez, a former Miss Universe Spain winner, wore a Chelsea shirt with her other half’s name and number on the back when the couple made their relationship public last month.


And she took to Instagram to praise her partner, calling the events a “very unfair situation” and saying “real supporters must show the love”.

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“One of the things I’ve learnt when I was a basketball player was that a team is always a team,” the 27-year-old said.

“There are no heroes, there are no villains.

“In my personal opinion this is a very unfair situation and I’m not just talking about today.

“Real supporters must show the love today, not just when we win.

@kepaarrizabalaga we are so proud of you, as a goalkeeper and even more as a person.

“Humble, brilliant, kind, generous, intelligent, hard worker, talented and the most beautiful soul I’ve ever met.

“This is just the small line of a huge book. Let’s go my boy, let’s go guys. Love you.”

Kepa’s penalty, almost taken like a goal kick, was launched into the stands behind the goal where Liverpool fans were.

Incredibly, one fan took to Twitter to tell everyone that their dad caught the ball, which contained the date of the game, the teams involved and the stadium.

Kepa tried to frighten Liverpool players, but his tactics failed, with Virgil van Dijk in particular making him look dumb with an ice-cold penalty.

Jamie Redknapp, on the other hand, was critical of the Spaniard’s activities.

“I didn’t like his behaviour when the penalties were being taken and then he took one of the worst penalties you’ve ever seen,” he said on Sky Sports.

“I don’t like it, I don’t understand why you do it. You have one of the best goalkeepers in the world, he should’ve stayed in there in the first place.”

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