Chelsea’s start of the season certainly could have gone better, but there has been enough in the opening two competitive games to give supporters hope and make them excited about the era of Frank Lampard as manager.
The Blues played well for an hour against Manchester United in the league, before a poor late collapse meant they suffered a harsh 4-0 defeat.
But there was a response on Wednesday night against Liverpool in the UEFA Cup and the teams were level at 2-2 after extra-time, with the Merseyside club winning on penalties.
There have been some encouraging performances for young players, while the experience of the likes of N’Golo Kante and even Pedro is going to be crucial at Stamford Bridge.
One man that perhaps goes under the radar is goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, which is a credit to him.
The Spaniard is an underrated member of the Blues squad, as he’s one of the most consistent performers and Lampard can have total faith in him to be the club’s number one for years to come.
Kepa played very in the defeat to Liverpool and made some excellent saves, including an eye-catching double stop from first Mohamed Salah and then Virgil Van Dijk in the box.
The 24-year-old has proven what a brilliant shot-stopper he can be, while he’s comfortable on the ball and plays out from the back with ease.
Chelsea really did strike gold when they signed him from Athletic Bilbao for £71.6million (Sky Sports) back in summer 2018.
The only grey area surrounding him was his ill-discipline not to be substitute off in the Carabao Cup final defeat to back in February, but he’s a youngster that will have learned from that and he’s not let it impact his game.
Kepa should definitely be considered one of the best goalkeepers around and is someone knows can be a nailed-on starter given his ability.