Chelsea’s interim Manager, Frank Lampard has offered an explanation as to why he dropped first-choice goalie, Kepa Arizabalaga in the the English Premier League EPL game against Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge.
Kepa who was at some points relegated to second choice became the anointed goalie for the Blues and has played most games for Chelsea this season.
Kepa was in goal last weekend as Chelsea defeated Bournemouth 3-1.
However, Edouard Mendy, who had not played a competitive match since Senegal’s World Cup defeat to England last December, made a rare start, which was thoroughly merited as a consequence of his performances in training, according to Lampard.
Speaking before the kick-off, Lampard said: “It is an opportunity that I think for his [Mendy’s] part is well deserved from how he is training.
“It is certainly not an issue with Kepa [Arrizabalaga] but for Edou [Edouard Mendy], it is good for him to play a game for us. He is a top goalkeeper, so that is the decision.”
Awoniyi scored a brace same as Raheem Sterling as both Nottigham and Chelsea played out a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are expected to make announcement of a new coach at the end of the season.