Chelsea news: Frank Lampard explains dressing room view on Kepa after Southampton mistake | Football | Sport
boss Frank Lampard has revealed his players will continue to stand by Kepa Arrizabalaga, despite another costly error. The Spaniard made a swift return to the starting line up this afternoon against Southampton, as the Blues threw away the lead on two separate occasions in the chaotic 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues appeared to be cruising in the first half as Timo Werner opened his Premier League account with a brace.
Danny Ings restored hope for the visitors before Che Adams capitalised on a horrendous lapse in concentration from Kurt Zouma and Kepa at the back to equalise.
Kai Havertz looked to have won it before Jannik Vestergaard levelled things up in stoppage time from Theo Walcott’s shot across the face of goal.
It was another familiar outcome for Lampard, whose side have struggled at the back all season despite spending £220million this summer.
The £22m man then took his place for the Carabao Cup defeat at Tottenham before keeping Crystal Palace at bay before the international break.
However, Mendy picked up a thigh injury while away with Senegal and is now set for a spell on the sidelines.
The world’s most expensive goalkeeper was therefore brought back in by Lampard for today’s clash but Southampton’s second goal proved he remains short of confidence.
Zouma sold Kepa short but the former Athletic Bilbao man slid to the side of the ball, allowing Adams to bare down on an open goal.