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‘I’m happy with him’ – Lampard defends Kepa from critics

Kepa Arrizabalaga & Frank Lampard - Chelsea
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Kepa Arrizabalaga was at fault for letting in a goal in Chelsea’s season opener but Frank Lampard has no harsh feelings for the goalkeeper.

Chelsea got off to a bright start to the new Premier League season, a 3-1 victory over Brighton, but the match was not as straight forward as the scoreline suggests.

The Blues were stunned when Leandro Trossard leveled the scoreline with a superb long-range strike after Jorginho had opened the scoring from the penalty spot.

Trossard’s shot missed the outstretched arms of Kepa Arrizabalaga, who could have perhaps saved it had his positioning been slightly better. It was the 19th shot he had conceded from outside the box, the most of any goalkeeper in the English top-flight in the last two years.

Arrizabalaga was a subject of criticism throughout the last season and his latest blunder only gave his naysayers an added opportunity.

However, Lampard was quick to fend off his criticism saying he was content with the club-record signing’s display.

“I am very happy with Kepa,” Lampard told Sky Sports. “With the shot, I’m not sure if he could have done any better but I saw a bit more confidence in how he was playing. Kepa is here, he is our ‘keeper and I am happy with him.

“If we are bringing in competition it will be competition. That’s the nature of Chelsea. That goes through the squad, so we’ll see.”