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It has been a season of ups and downs for Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga as the 24-year-old goalkeeper has been brought to the spotlight for the wrong reasons this season.
However, former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer doesn’t think Kepa is a major culprit to be blamed in Chelsea’s defensive woes.
Kepa is in the bottom three among PL starting keepers in save percentage, but Schwarzer believes that the defence should be blamed, also pointing that the Blues team is a young team trying to learn a new system.
“At Chelsea, there are a lot of players at the back who are still trying to come to terms with a new system, and with the pressure of playing regularly,” Schwarzer explained to The Athletic. “At times they will play not quite the right type of ball, or they’ll receive the ball in the wrong position.
“They know they have to be willing to receive it, and they’re just hoping other players will make movements and allow them to lay it off. At times that doesn’t happen so they’re playing a rushed ball back to the goalkeeper.
“All those aspects come into play, and Chelsea are a team that’s still trying to find its feet. You’ve got a changing of the guard, a lot of young, inexperienced players who are being given a chance to step up, and that’s been challenging for them.
“That has an effect on the goalkeeper, no matter how good he is with his feet. I feel for Kepa a little bit in that regard.”