Tuchel finally explains why he benched Mendy for Kepa Arrizabalaga

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Chelsea second choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was in goal for Chelsea in the FA Cup game against Manchester City, and the Spaniard was also retained for the Premier League clash against Brighton, with first choice goalie Edouard Mendy not even finding a place on the bench in both games.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against West Ham, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has explained the reason for his decisions.

He revealed that Mendy still has his place as the number one goalkeeper, but felt the need to trust Kepa for one more game after a fine performance in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

Tuchel said in his press conference: “Mendy is in goal. The change was made for Kepa for the FA Cup game and even before then, the goalkeeper coach and me decided that Kepa would stay one more game after Man City to have it as a reward and feel a bit the rhythm of playing every three days.

“We wanted to reward what he is doing in training and in the dressing room which is simply outstanding in terms of quality and personality so I’m very happy he could show it on the pitch.

“He had two clean sheets in two difficult matches for us so it’s a very good feeling that we can absolutely can rely on two goalkeepers and they can produce clean sheets. They earn our trust but the situation in general has not changed so Edou will be in goal tomorrow.”

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