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ESPN pundit Alejandro Moreno has slammed the performance of Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in the 2-2 draw against Valencia.
Despite his penalty save that helped Chelsea secure a point in that game, Moreno has revealed that he doesn’t think Chelsea can go far in the Champions League with Kepa in goal.
“What I saw today is reasons as to why both of these teams, even if they advance in this competition, they’re going nowhere in this competition,” Moreno said about Chelsea and Valencia. “They have to defend better. They have to be more organised.
“And in the case of Chelsea, I know he made a penalty save, Kepa has to be better. I’ve turned the page on this guy. I don’t think this guy is for real. Too many goals in too many key moments and too many of those goals are too soft.”
Meanwhile Chelsea boss Frank Lampard came to the defence of the Spaniard after the game and claimed that Valencia’s second goal was a fluke goal.
“It was certainly a fluke,” Lampard said.
“He didn’t mean to score and that makes it more difficult for the goalkeeper because they don’t expect to go off the far top corner.
“The cross came in too high for him. I know there might be the feeling he pulled his hands away, I’m not sure he would have got there anyway.
“I will have to look at it again and Kepa will be the best one because he’s very honest with himself and if he feels he could have got it then I’m sure he would say that.
“But we can’t look away from the penalty save. It wasn’t just a standard penalty save, it was a fantastic one and that’s what top keepers do to save you points.”