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Sport Lampard confirms Mendy is Chelsea's No 1, not Kepa

15:21  21 october  2020
15:21  21 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Frank Lampard has admitted that Edouard Mendy has already usurped Kepa Arrizabalaga as Chelsea's No 1, weeks after claiming his new signing was there just to provide competition for the goalkeeper's position.

Lampard had previously suggested the £22million arrival of Mendy from Rennes would take the heat off the error-prone Kepa, but he has changed his mind after the former's solid performance in Chelsea's goalless draw against Sevilla.

Asked if Mendy was now first choice, Lampard said: 'At the moment yes, he's shown his quality.

a football player in a green field: Edouard Mendy was solid as Chelsea recorded their first goalless draw under Frank Lampard © Provided by Daily Mail Edouard Mendy was solid as Chelsea recorded their first goalless draw under Frank Lampard Frank Lampard holding a sign: Lampard's men kept a clean sheet against Sevilla in their opening Champions League clash © Provided by Daily Mail Lampard's men kept a clean sheet against Sevilla in their opening Champions League clash

'The way he's played, he's played very well, that's two clean sheets for him already.

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'As it stands he is [first choice] but that's always up for grabs. But the way he's playing I'm very happy.'

Of the point and clean sheet against the reigning Europa League champions Sevilla, he said: 'Seville are a top team in European football, no doubt.

'The concentration and focus to get the result was big from the team. We made a lot of good decisions tonight, so it's a really nice place for us to build from.

'I think it's a positive result. The clean sheet was a big deal for us.'


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The Rennes goalkeeper is set to join the Blues to add competition for under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Kepa Arrizabalaga et al. playing a game of football: Kepa was dropped after another woeful outing in Chelsea's 3-3 draw with Southampton, and Lampard has admitted that Mendy has usurped him, just weeks after joining as 'competition' © Provided by Daily Mail Kepa was dropped after another woeful outing in Chelsea's 3-3 draw with Southampton, and Lampard has admitted that Mendy has usurped him, just weeks after joining as 'competition'

The calmness in the Blues' backline was in stark contrast to their chaotic 3-3 draw with Southampton on Saturday, when Kepa made yet another mistake for Che Adams's comical goal which cast further doubt on the Spaniard's future at the club.

Prior to the similarly madcap 3-3 draw against West Brom which Willy Caballero started, Lampard said there would be healthy competition between the three keepers following Mendy's arrival.

He said: 'We know we’ve had problems in the goalkeeping area in the first two games of the season and at times last year.

'We can be very honest and open about that - and Kepa himself - in that search for the best performance levels. Mendy comes in to be competition in that area.

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Chelsea have completed the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy . It will throw current No 1 Kepa ' s future up in the air after a series of clangers in "It' s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad and to work with [manager] Frank Lampard and all of his coaching staff. "I look forward to meeting my

'Mendy’s just come into the club and now it’s about how we move forward and trying to get that performance level as best as it can be.

a group of people standing next to a football ball: Retired keeper Petr Cech (right) was bizarrely drafted into Chelsea's Premier League squad © Provided by Daily Mail Retired keeper Petr Cech (right) was bizarrely drafted into Chelsea's Premier League squad

'It will be very important for the make-up of the goalkeepers at the club that the level is competitive and supportive.'

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Lampard said: 'It's definitely not done for the romance, Pete enjoys the training, that's how he is.

'With Pete it's something I wouldn't expect to happen but with how fit he is if we were in crisis we couldn't have anyone better than Petr Cech around.

'He trains every day, and that can only help the goalkeepers we have, to have one of the best in the recent modern era training with them.'

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