Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists that he still “trusts” Kepa Arrizabalaga after dropping him in favour of Willy Caballero for Saturday’s clash with Leicester.
The £73m Spaniard has failed to keep a clean sheet in his last two Premier League appearances, and came in for heavy criticism for his performances against Newcastle during the 1-0 defeat on January 18.
Lampard made the bold call to instead go with back-up stopper Caballero over the club’s most expensive player ever.
And the former midfielder insists that while he has not lost any trust in Arrizabalaga, he believed it was the right call to go with the Argentine instead.
“It’s a decision I’ve made and I think with goalkeepers it’s one I don’t take lightly,” Lampard said before the game.
“They train together, they are are close and it’s one I thought I’d make for this game.
“I trust in Willy, he trains brilliantly and he’s a great professional.
“I trust in them both.”
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Despite struggling with a knee injury, Lampard opted to start Tammy Abraham up front after the England striker showed determination to continue training in the run up to Saturday’s clash.
“Sometimes you have to play with a bit of pain.
“The type of injury it is, it’s not a muscle injury, so I hope that he can deal with the pain and he won’t worry about what might come.
“I wanted to get him on the pitch, he’s trained the last two days, so he’s playing.”