Chelsea trainer Thomas Tuchel surprises with a base place for Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Spanish goalkeeper was last in the base on October 17. Edouard Mendy was brought in as his replacement, but is on the bench against Newcastle United.
Why not Mendy, but Kepa keept is unclear. Tuchel will be able to clarify that before the competition. At least Kepa finally gets the chance to show himself again. With 80 million euros, he is still the most expensive goalkeeper of all time, but he is in the bank because he made one blunder after the other. Tuchel‘s predecessor Frank Lampard had seen enough and decided to attract Mendy.
Against Newcastle again, there is no base ground for Hakim Ziyech. The Moroccan is struggling under Tuchel. Under Lampard, Ziyech was just a certain thing.
The composition of Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Alonso, Abraham, Werner