Chelsea’s record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga is expected to get a rare start in tomorrow’s Champions League against Krasnodar. Having already topped the group Lampard has the luxury of resting his key players amidst a busy schedule and give opportunities to youngsters and some of the fringe players. Kepa has come under intense scrutiny for his errors since last season as the Spain international has failed to justify the huge transfer fee Chelsea paid to Athletic Bilbao in 2018.
Edouard Mendy, who replaced Kepa has established himself as the Chelsea number one following a 22£m from Rennes. Under Mendy, Chelsea have conceded just 2 goals in the Premier League and notched up 5 clean sheets. Frank Lampard, who sanctioned Mendy’s transfer on Petr Cech’s advice said the club are under no pressure to sell the Kepa.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the Champions League game the Chelsea manager said “The pressure to win games means I pick people in form – goalkeeper, striker, winger, whoever. At the same time it’s obviously an opportunity to give Edu a rest and give Kepa a game. He deserves it. It’s about attitude and how you approach the game. The position of goalkeeper means they have to be patient when they are not starting games. With Edu’s form he has been a very good pick for me. But this is a game for Kepa who is training brilliantly well. I have no qualms about putting him in.”