Gary Neville has admitted he does not believe Frank Lampard after his comments made about Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The under-fire goalkeeper was given a start against Brighton in Chelsea’s first Premier League match of the season.
The Spaniard was largely comfortable throughout the evening only for a longshot from Leandro Trossard to squirm in.
It was a brilliant shot from the Belgian but Kepa could have saved the effort nonetheless.
Luckily for the ex-Athletic Bilbao stopper, the Blues ran out 3-1 winners after goals from Jorginho, Reece James and Kurt Zouma.
But it was another example of why Lampard has lost trust in the goalie and is chasing an alternative between the sticks.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has come under fire at Chelsea
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However, that was not what the Englishman said to reporters after the match – insisting he is happy with the £72m man.
“I am very happy with Kepa,” the Chelsea manager said.
“With the shot I’m not sure if he could’ve done any better. But I saw a bit more confidence in how he was playing.
“Kepa is here, he’s our keeper and I’m happy with him. If we are bringing in competition, it will be competition.
“That’s the nature of Chelsea and it goes throughout the squad.”
But Sky Sports pundit Neville was having none of it, insisting Lampard was just performing his duty as a coach to the press.
Lampard insisted he was happy with Kepa’s performance
When asked if the Blues boss was truly happy with Kepa, he said: “I don’t think he is. I wouldn’t be,” Neville said.
“I know full well being in a coaching position, in a changing room.
“You have to back your keeper, you have to back your players.
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