Lampard rates Arrizabalaga’s performance against Crystal Palace

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has come under heavy criticism for failing to save Wilfried Zaha’s long shot in the 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was full of praise for goalkeeper, praising him for the saves he did late in the game.

“We should have had the game under much more control at that point [second half,” Lampard said.

“At 2-0 we should have carried on and controlled the game better, and then at 3-2 we had a lot of chances in the second half, chances to finish it off – slightly wrong decisions maybe on the final pass or shot and that invites pressure.

“Kepa made a great save and Kurt Zouma made a great tackle and in those last moments it was nerve-wracking for us.

“The finger-tip save by Kepa was huge and that is what he is there for so credit to him for that one.

“To be a top team you need keepers making those type of saves for you to pull you through.”

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