Frank Lampard explains decision to drop Kepa Arrizabalaga for crunch Chelsea top four clash

Frank Lampard has confessed Kepa Arrizabalaga’s difficulties this season have prompted him to drop the Spanish shot-stopper for the Wolves clash.

A single point will be enough for Chelsea to finish within the top four and secure Champions League football for next season, but Wolves are no easy opposition.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are desperate to secure a spot in the Europa League but any dropped points could mean Tottenham leap frog them into sixth.

And with so much at stake Lampard has decided to not take any risks and drop the £75million signing.

When asked why prior to kick off, Lampard told Sky Sports: “Just a choice.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has been dropped for Chelsea’s crunch fixture vs Wolves.
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“He has had some difficult times, so I am playing Willy. I have had to adjust. Christian comes in to the team, he would have played anyway.”

In terms of previewing the clash, Lampard added: “It’s two teams who want to win. They have had two fantastic seasons, a great team and they will approach it in the way we know they will.”

A defeat to Wolves and a Leicester win over Manchester United would see Chelsea fall out of the top four but Lampard insists he’s not checking scores.

“Someone will (have an eye on the King Power), I won’t because it’s in our control,” said the Blues boss. “If we get the right result then it’s okay.”