Monday, May 10

Kepa vs Mendy: Tuchel Picks Goalkeeper to Start West Ham vs Chelsea Match

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has picked the goalkeeper between Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga that will start his side’s Premier League clash against West Ham United on Saturday evening.

Tuchel said Mendy will start for Chelsea ahead of Kepa when they tackle West Ham at the London Stadium.

The former PSG coach disclosed this during his pre-match press conference on Friday.

Recall that Kepa started ahead of Mendy for Chelsea’s last two matches against Manchester City and Brighton.

“Mendy is in goal. The change was made for Kepa for the FA Cup game and even before then, the goalkeeper coach and I decided that Kepa would stay one more game after Man City to have it as a reward and feel a bit the rhythm of playing every three days,” Tuchel said.

“We wanted to reward what he is doing in training and in the dressing room, which is simply outstanding in terms of quality and personality, so I’m very happy he could show it on the pitch.

“He had two clean sheets in two difficult matches for us, so it’s a very good feeling that we absolutely can rely on two goalkeepers, and they can produce clean sheets. They earn our trust, but the situation, in general, has not changed, so Edou will be in goal tomorrow.”

The kick-off time for the game is 5.30 pm.

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