Chelsea stance on Kepa Arrizabalaga as Timo Werner brilliance assessed

Here is your Chelsea morning digest for Sunday, October 18th.

Lampard discusses Kepa performance

Chelsea signed Edouard Mendy to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer. However, on Saturday, Mendy missed out due to injury, meaning Kepa returned to the starting line-up. He committed yet another error as Chelsea conceded three goals.

Kurt Zouma sold Kepa short with a poor back pass, but the Spaniard rushed off his line and failed to connect with the ball as Che Adams raced in to score.

After the match, head coach Frank Lampard discussed the shattered confidence of his beleaguered goalkeeper.

“We know that all eyes are on him,” he told reporters in his post-match press conference. “As a goalkeeper, you know all eyes are on you. Kepa has to deal with that and also feel the support of me and the team-mates.

“It is unfortunate because he did make a couple of good saves today. When you are a goalkeeper, people will judge you on other moments as well. He has to keep working and there’s only one way of getting through those periods and it is to work and to feel support around him.”

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Chelsea standouts vs Southampton

Chelsea squandered a 2-0 and 3-2 lead to drop two points against Southampton on Saturday afternoon. The Blues constructed some lovely attacking moves, but as has been the case throughout the Lampard era, they shot themselves in the foot with some hapless goalkeeping and defending.

As a result, Kepa was rated a 4/10 in Alan Smith’s player ratings and Kurt Zouma was given just a 5/10. The pair combined for Southampton’s second goal, Zouma’s under-hit back pass leaving Kepa stranded, who covered himself in little glory as he rushed out and failed to clear the ball.

At the other end of the pitch, Timo Werner was awarded a 9/10 rating. He scored the opening two goals, both of which were superb efforts. He also assisted Kai…