Kepa has had a largely positive first season at Chelsea since arriving from Athletic Bilbao in the summer for £71m.He has played in 54 games across all competitions, conceding 50 goals and keeping 23 clean sheets, seven of which came in their unbeaten run to the Europa League title.Only Liverpool and Manchester City conceded fewer goals than Chelsea in the Premier League this campaign, during which Kepa played 36 of 38 matches.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGiven he is only 24-years-old, the criticism from Neville could be construed as a bit harsh, although he did admit that the keeper could turn things around after his criticism early in the match by adding: ‘P.s probably man of the match now !’Goals from Olivier Giroud, Pedro and a brace from Eden Hazard gave Chelsea the comfortable 4-1 victory over the Gunners in Baku, despite a brilliant late consolation from Alex Iwobi.MORE: Cesc Fabregas criticises Maurizio Sarri for not bringing on Chelsea captain Gary Cahill in Europa League finalMORE: Cesc Fabregas hits out at Chelsea board as Maurizio Sarri secures Europa League win over Arsenal Advertisement Phil HaighThursday 30 May 2019 7:47 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link133Shares Kepa Arrizabalaga came in for some criticism from Gary Neville (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Chelsea might have hammered Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final on Wednesday night, but Gary Neville still says he ‘can’t accept’ their goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga.The Spaniard was certainly not to blame for Arsenal’s only goal of the game but he did look a bit nervy early on in the match in Baku, with a poor punch from a cross which nearly gifted the Gunners the lead.There was also a close call when Alexandre Lacazette appealed for a penalty against him, but nothing was given, rightfully so.However, despite these errors being fairly minor and Kepa being on the winning side, former Manchester United and England defender Neville was extremely critical of the keeper.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNeville tweeted: ‘Nothing personal but I just can’t accept a keeper like Kepa. He would make every defence a nervous wreck.’Nothing personal but I just can’t accept a keeper like Kepa. He would make every defence a nervous wreck. P.s probably man of the match now ! 🤷🏻♂️— Gary Neville (@GNev2) May 29, 2019 Comment Gary Neville ‘can’t accept a keeper like Kepa’ despite his Chelsea side thrashing Arsenal in Europa League final Advertisement
THE Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF) U-19 quarterfinals showcased the best of the U-19 talent on the local circuit.There were three games played on the night, one blowout, one close encounter and one nail-biter that proved to be the game everyone was waiting to witness the entire tournament.In the first game of the night, Kwakwani Secondary made light work of Mackenzie High blowing them out of the water to show why they were defending champions winning 61-28. Led by the triple threat of national guards in Troy David, Stanton Rose and Damair Gladstone who had 10, 12 and 11 points respectively, the team cruised to victory. Kemmol Benjamin, Dillon Wallace and Jamal Gilkes registered 9, 7 and 6 points in the win also. For the outmatched Mackenzie side, Tim Veshon scored 8 points with Daniel Anthony supporting him with 7 points.The second encounter saw Linden Technical Institute spoiling the coming-out party for Jaleel Duke and his President’s College side in a game that finished 47-33. Led by Akinni Wilson’s 13, LTI continued their tradition of advancing to the final rounds to compete for a title. From the outset, President’s College, pushing the tempo and looking very threatening, while doing so behind Duke’s quick scoring.However, the tide soon changed as the Linden side started to lock down on defence and convert on offence. For Akinni, it was balanced scoring with an inside-out approach – whatever the defence gave him he took. He was supported by Tahquille Johnson’s 9. On the President’s College side, Jaleel Duke posted 14 points in the losing effort with Anton Fileen contributing 11.Sherland Gillis at line to close out the win for NAMS (Daniel Haynes photos)The final game of the night was definitely the one fans paid their money to see. New Amsterdam Multilateral Secondary (NAMS) took on St Rose’s High and won in a game that went into overtime and finished 36-29.From the tip, both teams seemed evenly matched, trading baskets after the initial feel-out process was over. It was not just a battle of big men and point guards, but a battle of coaches, with Rose’s Courtenay Taylor and NAMS Willon Cameron having both coached alongside each other at the National level.The battle of the ‘bigs’ that was expected turned out to be the mitigating factor with NAMS’ Neil Wills, and Sherland Gillis contributing 10 points each for their side, with points coming at crucial moments. For Rose’s it was the duo of Akil Vaughn and Leon Ross who held the offensive giant Wills to such a low total.Gillis was the X Factor for the NAMS side, and he seemed to find himself making the right basketball plays at the right moments. The first being a steal with seconds to go in the game leading to him being fouled and able to put away the game at the free throw line after Rose’s took the lead with a minute to go.For Rose’s it was Shamar Huntley whose 15 points stood out in the losing effort. There was much to be taken away from the game as in the overtime period the three-point shooting of Rose’s went awry. There were missed calls on both ends and the foul game ultimately contributed to the game’s outcome.Akinni Vaugn making a move for two of his points.Gillis was once again put at the line and made them count for the win. Coach Willon Cameron on how the win came to be stated “It was wanting it at all times, we fight and that’s what we’re about.”AN emotional coach Taylor also gave his input stating, “It was always going to be a competitive game given the fact both teams are similar in their make-up and how they play.”“The teams know each other as well through the friendship developed over the years but what played the separator in the teams was the officiating,” continued Taylor.The semi-final rounds tip off today and promise much more action. The tournament is sponsored by Digicel, Banks DIH Limited and Beharry Group of Companies.