Tuchel offers new start for Kepa Arrizabalaga at Chelsea

Wed 10 February 2021 | 23:43

Chelsea’s upcoming FA Cup fixture against Barnsley could see the return of Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.




Thomas Tuchel

will start

Kepa Arrizabalaga



in the FA Cup fifth round on Thursday.

The 26-year-old, who became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he joined Chelsea from

Athletic Bilbao

in 2018 for £71.6m, has fallen behind

Edouard Mendy

in Chelsea’s pecking order.

Edouard Mendy has looked great since joining the club so there’s no real reason to drop him just now, but it looks like Tuchel wants to give Kepa a chance to rebuild his career.

"It's very important for me to say this: he doesn't have to overachieve,"

said Tuchel


"I want him to play a normal match tomorrow. He does not have to show me or anybody else tomorrow he is ready to be Spain's number one in the summer.

"He just has to show his quality. Not more or less. So we have to manage expectations because I don't expect him to score and keep a clean sheet.

"I just want him to help us with his quality and for him to give a solid performance to help the team. He has big goals to achieve and big personal ambition. But this is normal; it's why he's here.

"So the good thing for him is that we start new, it's a new start for him. I don't have a history with him and I hope there will be no difficulties, because I don't see them coming.

"He's a clear guy, an open guy. He does everything to impress in training. Kepa has a chance tomorrow and I hope he can show what he shows in training.

source: SportMob

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