What Lampard said about Kepa’s role in Valencia’s second goal

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is being blamed by fans for his role in Valencia’s equaliser against Chelsea.

With the Blues leading 2-1, Daniel Wass’s cross-cum-shot looped over the head of Arrizabalaga and into the back of the net off the post.

Some fans believe Arrizabalaga could have stopped the shot if he made an attempt.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has defended Kepa Arrizabalaga and believes he wasn’t to blame for Valencia’s second 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.”

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