Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to be recalled by Frank Lampard for Chelsea’s Premier League game against Manchester United on Monday evening after impressing in training this week.
The head coach confirmed that he has already decided who would start in goal for the important Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge but was unwilling to publicly declare if it would be Kepa or Willy Caballero, who failed to impress in his first league start for a year away to Leicester City two weeks ago.
Caballero was drafted in to take Kepa out of the firing line following a succession of questionable performances between the posts but football.london has been told that the Spain stopper’s form in training over the past week has convinced Lampard to bring him back into the side.
During his pre-match press conference this afternoon, Lampard was also asked about how Kepa had taken being dropped and drew on his own experiences as a player to offer an insight into what type of reaction he expected.
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“I was fortunate as a player here because I played a lot of games,” the club record goalscorer said. “Probably in my early 30s it slightly changed, and at the time I didn’t like it, I remember the feeling.
“But then you have to be a team-mate and you have to be part of the club and you have to accept it. Sometimes you have to find another way and understand that things are slightly different.
“That was just my story, everybody is slightly different, but with the competition in squads now I do think you have to be always aware that if your standards drop or if the manager chooses for whatever reason, that can happen.
“You can handle it in the right way. I dont expect smiley faces when people get dropped, I just expect reactions, I expect support of the team-mates there. It is not easy, I’m saying this as a manager.
“I know as a player I was not brilliant at this myself…