‘He has been super important from day one,’ said the boss.
‘We had a good connection from the first day, which you always wish for as a coach. He gets better with every game he plays. He is a leader by example. It’s super nice to have. He has collected so many trophies and had such an incredible career at this club.
‘He embodies everything Chelsea stands for: being relentless, being humble, but being a warrior at the same time. He deserves all these trophies. If you say how he protected Kai for the penalty, it was brilliant. This is what he does on a daily basis. He protects the team. He is the first one to step up, and I’m happy to have him.’
The same goes for Kepa, who has largely had to make do with a place on the bench since Edouard Mendy’s signing. Whenever he has been called upon, however, the Spaniard has stepped up to the challenge and must rank as the best number two around.