Newcastle United owned goalkeeper Tim Krul has told the Dutch media how he tries to psych out his opponents when it comes to facing penalties. Krul is currently on loan with AZ from Newcastle United.
Voetbal Zone have reported on comments Krul made when asked about his secret to saving penalties, following his recent heroics with AZ.
Krul said that when facing a penalty from Frank Lampard, whilst playing for Newcastle, he told the Chelsea player where the spot-kick would end up. Subsequently, Krul believes Lampard had doubts which led to a weak penalty and a chance for the Dutchman to make a save.
However, Krul said he didn’t get the better of Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard despite trying the same tactic.
“For example, Lampard’s penalty kicks were always hard down the middle. So I said: Hey, Frank …Down the middle today? His shot headed to the corner and I saved the ball. With Gerrard I boasted that I knew his secret. Good for you, he shouted and he scored, but I still got a hand to it,” said the Newcastle United loanee.
Krul is looking to kickstart his career back in his home country after being frozen out by Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez. The Netherlands international will return to the North East club in the summer, but there’s no guarantee he will get his place back in Benitez’s team. With Karl Darlow and Matz Sels ahead of Krul in the pecking order he may have to find a new club in the next window.