Tuchel gives verdict on Mendy, Kepa and Pulisic

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Chelsea’s second choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was given his first league start of the season, in the absence of Edouard Mendy who missed the game against Tottenham through injury.

Explaining why Mendy missed the game, Tuchel said: “We tried everything throughout the week and yesterday in training but it was so-so. It comes from the last-minute kick against Zenit in the Champions League so it’s very painful and he felt it.”

The Chelsea boss went on to reveal that he was pleased with the impact of Kepa.

He went on: “He [Mendy] was not 100 per cent comfortable to go for a full stretch or to land on it so we decided to go for 100 per cent, which was Kepa, and have Edou with us to be supportive and to have a good energy. I’m so happy that Kepa played a crucial role today to have a clean sheet because it’s what he deserved.”

Speaking after the game, Tuchel also spoke on Christian Pulisic who had missed the past couple of games through injury.

He said: “I think for Christian the game against Aston Villa [in the Carabao Cup in midweek] is maybe a bit too close. I hope that I’m wrong but this is my impression. He’s not in training so far but let’s see tomorrow. Maybe if he had a good progression today, maybe it’s possible. It would be super nice for us to have him but for me it’s a bit doubtful.”

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