Lampard confirms he will bench Kepa for next game

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Kepa Arrizabalaga has come under fire for his performances for Chelsea since last season, and this season couldn’t have started on a more terrible note.

The Spaniard made a huge error against Liverpool as he gifted Sadio Mane with an easy goal in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Chelsea are close to sealing a deal for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, and Blues boss Frank Lampard has revealed that Kepa will take a rest for the Carabao Cup game against Barnsley, with Willy Caballero to start in goal.

Speaking about Kepa’s error, Lampard said: “My job is to try and give him confidence because a goalkeeper absolutely relies on confidence. It’s a clear mistake that’s cost us and Kepa has accepted that as he should do – he holds his hands up.

“We have to be a group and accept that with joint responsibility because these things do happen but it’s obviously a clear mistake. He has to keep working and have support around him.”

On Caballero, Lampard added: “I can say now that Willy Caballero will play and that was always my feeling to play him in the game on Wednesday [against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup] regardless of today so I don’t want people to make judgements on that.”

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