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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insisted after the game against Brighton that he was happy with Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, despite his mistake that led to Brighton’s only goal.
Kepa failed to keep out a long range shot yet again, as he was easily beaten by Leandro Trossard’s 20-yard shot, and has drawn criticisms in just the first league game of the season.
Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is set to join Chelsea this summer, but Lampard moved against putting pressure on Kepa, as he maintained that he was pleased with the performance of the club’s record signing.
Meanwhile, Manchester United legend Gary Neville, has insisted that Lampard only put up a show, to back Kepa publicly, but doesn’t believe the Chelsea manager was happy with the performance of his goalkeeper.
“I don’t think he is [happy with Kepa],” he told Sky Sports.
“I wouldn’t be, but, yet I know full well, having been in a coaching position, been in a changing room, you have to back your goalkeeper.
“You must back your players, you have to support them publicly but privately that goal, it’s a really poor goal to give away.
“He conceded so many goals from outside the box last season, he’s conceded another one tonight and it will cost you.
“If you don’t have a top goalkeeper, you won’t win that league. At this moment in time he makes far too many mistakes. He lets too many goals into the back of his net that should be saved.
“Nineteen goals conceded from outside the box – that is a sorry story for a £70million goalkeeper.”