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Why I Benched Kepa — Lampard

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Daniel Ojukwu

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard has shed light on his controversial decision to drop the club’s first choice goalie, Kepa Arrizabalaga for Saturday’s clash with Leicester City.

The 25-year-old Spaniard watched on from the bench for the first time this season as deputee, Willy Caballero stood between the sticks.

Kepa has come underfire for some below par performances this term, keeping 5 clean sheets in 29 games.

“You make decisions every week and every day in this job. No decision is easy,” Lampard said.

“When it comes to a goalkeeper you probably do give it a little bit more thought and a bit more time, especially if someone seems to be the designated number one.

“That can’t be the end of the story. We have to be competitive. Willy trains well, he acts well and he played well against Hull last week. I decided to stick with him.”

Lampard’s admission opens up competition for places in goal, meaning the most expensive goalkeeper in the world doesn’t get a sure spot in the lineup.

With Chelsea’s inactivity in the January window, speculations have begun to mount of an impending goalkeeping shuffle in the summer.

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