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Tuchel discussed playing Kepa ahead of Mendy

Mon 15 February 2021 | 20:11

Tuchel intends to return Kepa to his peak by playing him.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tukhl has claimed that playing for Kepa Arrizabalaga against Newcastle was to get him back on track.

During his time at

Chelsea

, Frank Lampard decided to put Kepa on the bench and signed Edward Mendy, which was one of the main reasons for his dismissal. Mendy played four games under Tuchell and conceded just one goal, which was Antonio Rudiger own goal, but was left out of the starting line-up Now Tuchel explained his decision.

"We need a strong Kepa in our squad,”

Tuchel told Sky Sports.

“He had a good game in the cup so we decided to give him another match to build up a little bit of rhythm, confidence and to trust him because he did very well.

“At the same time, we can give Edou the chance to mentally recover because it is a demanding position mentally and concentration-wise so with one decision we have both advantages.”


source: SportMob