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Chelsea confirmed group information: Frank Lampard DROPS Kepa for Sevilla conflict as Edouard Mendy rushes again from harm to present Blues enormous increase


Oct 20, 2020
Chelsea confirmed team news: Frank Lampard DROPS Kepa for Sevilla clash as Edouard Mendy rushes back from injury to give Blues huge boost

Frank Lampard has dropped Kepa Arrizabalaga in favour of Edouard Mendy after his calamitous show on the weekend.

Nonetheless, summer time signing Hakim Ziyech doesn’t function within the beginning XI for the Champions League conflict in opposition to Sevilla.

The Blues kick off their European marketing campaign at house to the Europa League winners on Tuesday amid severe issues over their propensity for conceding targets.

Kepa made a multitude of Southampton’s second objective on Saturday
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Lampard’s aspect have shipped an alarming 63 targets in 43 matches since he was appointed supervisor final yr, together with 9 in 5 Premier League fixtures this time period – three of which got here in Saturday’s draw with Southampton, when Kepa was enjoying.

Lampard mentioned after the match at Stamford Bridge: “The opposite stat is that since I’ve been right here, we’ve conceded the second-least pictures within the Premier League, I believe behind Manchester Metropolis. It helps generally to slender down among the points.

“The problems are that we don’t concede many pictures on our objective, however after we do, we concede targets.”

It seems as if Lampard has misplaced religion with the most costly goalkeeper on the earth following his newest errors and is prepared to carry summer time signing Mendy again into the fray.

The £22million signing from Rennes is probably not the reply to Chelsea’s defensive points, however membership captain Cesar Azpilcueta is conscious about the necessity to tighten up defensively earlier than the Group E opener in opposition to the Europa League holders.

“What is obvious is that if we need to battle for every little thing we have now to enhance defensively,” mentioned Azpilicueta.

“This can be a downside we have now to repair collectively and individually. Generally you will get away with it however you can’t rely each recreation on having to attain three targets.

“It’s a must to dig in and get a clear sheet. It’s crucial for the arrogance of the group to have this solidity. We now have to start out getting this consistency of not conceding targets.

“As a defender I really feel unhealthy once you concede so many targets. We now have to enhance our private errors and collectively take higher choices.”

Edouard Mendy signed for Chelsea this summer time from Rennes
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Ziyech, a summer time signing from Ajax, got here off the bench on the weekend for his Chelsea debut and may have no alternative however to repeat the trick this night.

The winger helped take the Dutch aspect to the semi-final stage of this competitors in 2019, however was knocked out by Tottenham Hotspur.

In different information, Ben Chilwell begins once more on the left hand aspect of the defence after a powerful recreation in opposition to the Saints and Timo Werner might be hoping so as to add much more targets to his tally after two on Saturday.

Werner sparked into life on Saturday
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Chelsea: Mendy, James, Thiago Silva, Zouma, Chilwell, Jorginho, Kante, Pulisic, Havertz, Mount, Werner.

Subs: Arrizabalaga, Rudiger, Christensen, Abraham, Caballero, Tomori, Kovacic, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Azpilicueta, Emerson Palmieri.

Sevilla: Bounou, Jesus Navas, Sergi Gomez, Diego Carlos, Acuna, Rakitic, Fernando, Gudelj, Suso, de Jong, Ocampos.

Subs: Vaclik, Rekik, Jordan, Munir, Rodriguez, En-Nesyri, Escudero, Torres, Vazquez, Carlos Fernandez.