Speaking on Liverpool’s YouTube channel, Fabinho has been discussing his penalty against Chelsea and his decision to take an incredibly cheeky Panenka in the Carabao Cup final.
Fabinho is no stranger to taking penalties, he deputised for Mohamed Salah during the African Cup of Nations, and he was Monaco’s designated taker during his time in Ligue 1.
Usually, Fabinho goes for power, but against Chelsea, he put his spot-kick away with a very delicate chip, and he says that he came up with the idea alongside Luis Diaz the day before.
WHAT’S BEEN SAID?
Fabinho spoke about how he decided to take a Panenka against Chelsea.
“One day before I was with Luis Diaz, and I did it and I told him ‘if we go to penalties tomorrow, I will shoot like this.’ He didn’t believe me, then I was walking to take the penalty I was thinking ‘ok, let’s do it and if it goes it it will be nice,’ and it worked,” Fabinho said.
COOL AS ICE
Imagine being so calm and composed in such a situation.
Fabinho walked up to take one of the biggest pressure penalties of his career, and he thought ‘it would be nice if this goes in’. How could he stay so calm in that moment?
That’s what makes Fabinho such an elite player. He’s able to stay composed in every situation, and he never lets any sort of pressure get to him.
Luckily, Fabinho did find the back of the net with his spot kick, and Liverpool won the cup.
We can only imagine how Diaz reacted when Fabinho actually took a Panenka in that situation