While the Spaniard – the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of the game – largely lost his place in favor of Edouard Mendy, Tuchel was lyrical about the 27-year-old ahead of the Coupe d ‘ Africa of Nations.
“I’m very happy overall. Happy might not be the right word, but I’m very impressed with Kepa,” he said.
“It’s no longer a surprise because he’s in the mindset as a person, character and athlete that he delivers just for us, because he does what he does best.
“That’s what he shows every day in training and that’s why he gets the award. I’m absolutely sure that’s why he has these kinds of performances.
“I’m super happy, we need him in this kind of form. The goalkeepers are a strong group and Kepa is one of them.”