Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed Willy Caballero will start in goal ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga for the Carabao Cup tie against Barnsley.
Whether a pre-determined decision or not, many Chelsea fans will agree it would be the most sensible option after Arrizabalaga shot himself in the foot with another costly howler in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.
Lampard didn’t try to paint it over the error but added Arrizabalaga would continue to have his support.
He told Sky Sports (via Chelsea’s official website): “It’s a clear mistake that’s cost us and Kepa has accepted that as he should do. He holds his hands up.
“We have to be a group and accept that with joint responsibility because these things do happen but it’s obviously a clear mistake.
“He has to keep working and have support around him.”
Lampard claimed he had already decided to start veteran goalkeeper Caballero for the Barnsley tie, with the replacement having nothing to do with the result against Liverpool.
He said: “I can say now Willy Caballero will play and that was always my feeling to play him in the game on Wednesday [against Barnsley] regardless of today so I don’t want people to make judgements on that.”
With Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy reportedly close to completing his transfer to Stamford Bridge (G0al), this could be Arrizabalaga’s last few days as Chelsea’s number one. It’s safe to say most Blues fans think Kepa could do with a rest.