Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has insisted that he has complete trust in goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who he believes will prove himself as a top shot-stopper again.
In an abysmal 2019/20 season, in which Kepa posted a historically low save percentage, then-manager Frank Lampard campaigned for the signing of new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who has impressed since his £ 22m transfer from Rennes.
Mendy was the go-to goalkeeper for Tuchel, but the boss revealed that Kepa would be given a chance to prove himself with an appearance in Thursday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie with Barnsley.
“He’s going to play [against Barnsley],” Tuchel told The Telegraph.
“We had a view of his condition from the outside, of course, and some problems on the sporting side. Perhaps, even, his transition circumstances are a little bit on his shoulders. That was the feeling from outside, from far away. What’s nice for him is that we’re starting new stuff, that this is a new beginning for him, and I don’t have a past with him, and I hope there won’t be any problems, and I don’t see them coming. I believe today that he will turn things around.”