At Chelsea this season, and after a transfer window of more than 220 million euros, no one will start by decree. Not even at the goalkeeper position, where the London club however suffered a lot with Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Basque doorman has multiplied the blunders since his arrival at Stamford bridge, but that does not ensure Édouard Mendy, last recruit of the Blues, an irremovable starting place. Frank Lampard, former player emeritus, being a big supporter of competition.
“ The first signs and interactions (with him) are very positive. As well as a person on the training ground. He settled in really well the first few days and we made him feel like one of us. (For the rest), it’s competition. He’s a good goalie and we know a lot about him. We will see how it will evolve “, thundered the London manager at a press conference on Monday about the now ex-Rennes.
“Kepa is a good boy”
Lampard has also been surveyed on Kepa and does not intend to chase the former Bilbao player as some English publications indicate. “ If he has already played his last match with Chelsea? No, I certainly won’t go so far as to say it. I think it has been a difficult time for Kepa. I know it and he knows it. But we certainly shouldn’t make that kind of conclusion. Furthermore, last week I think I felt that there was too much spotlight on this young man and sometimes unfair criticism. I have to protect him because I know he’s a good boy. He has to play with absolute professionalism to do his best, as the whole team should. “ It’s up to Édouard Mendy to show his worth in matches and in training …