Under-fire Kepa set to return for Chelsea’s crunch clash with Man Utd after Frank Lampard talks – The Sun
KEPA ARRIZABALAGA looks set to return for Chelsea’s crunch home clash with Manchester United.
The £71.6million keeper was dropped for their 2-2 draw at Leicester after a string of blunders.
As SunSport exclusively revealed, manager Frank Lampard held clear-the-air talks with Kepa, 25, during the recent winter break.
And ahead of Monday night’s showdown with United, Lampard revealed: “Kepa’s reaction has been good, as I would expect.
“Working hard, head down. I don’t expect smiley faces when people get dropped, just a reaction.
“It is not easy — as a player I was not brilliant at this myself. But I think sometimes it can make you stronger.”
Blues legend Lampard was a near ever-present during his time at Stamford Bridge but there were the odd occasion he was benched during his trophy-laden stint at the club.
It happened under Andre Villas-Boas in 2012 for a Champions League defeat at Napoli, which paved the way for the Portuguese’s sacking weeks later.
And Lampard had to become more used to rotation in his twilight years.
The 41-year-old recalled: “I was fortunate as a player here because I played a lot of games.
“Probably in my early 30s it slightly changed, and at the time I didn't like it. But then you have to be a team-mate, and you have to be part of the club and you have to accept it.
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