UEFA Champions League: Kepa faces his past
KCurrently epa Arrizabalaga is confronted with an ancient ghost from the past but with Frank Lampard returns to the blue seatIt can take away your sleep again. the reason? It was the English coach and former Chelsea player who brought him to the bench and replaced him with a newcomer like Senegalese Edouard Mendy.
The Basque goalkeeper started the 19/20 season as a starter, the former Blue player’s first spell off the bench at Stamford Bridge.. But February arrived and doomed him to some crucial mistakes made by Kepa. And Lampard chose the African goalkeeper, who initially held steady until the arrival of Graham Potter.
Ups and downs
The summer transfer market of 2018 was going on when a summer transfer milestone was reached: Kepa Arrizabalaga, became the most expensive goalkeeper in history. Chelsea paid the condition he proposed to Athletic: 80 million euros. The third major deal for a Spanish player by the English club, paying 66 million euros for Alvaro Morata and 58 million for Fernando Torres.
That was the time when Maurizio Sarri was in charge of Chelsea. Thibaut Courtois He had already signed for Real Madrid and the blue team needed a benchmark under the sticks, as he has been the Belgian goalkeeper for the last two seasons and as always. Peter Cech until the day of its withdrawal. But Lampard replaced Sarri a year later, and that changed everything. So much so that his replacement deprived Spain, led by Luis Enrique, of being international.
In this course that not all the money Todd Bohle was “wasted” managed to get Chelsea to appear in the ranking table. So much so that it is almost impossible to play in Europe next year. After their defeat at home to Brighton last Saturday (1-2), they finished 11th in the English Premier League, 14 points behind the Europa League.
Cinema in Bernabeu
Although there were those who questioned his ownership in the Santiago Bernabeu last Wednesday, when Real Madrid and Chelsea met in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, The Basques put in a great performance throughout the match. He showed himself safe in almost all the actions carried out by the White Offensive. The two goals he conceded had no effect on his performance, even saving Vinicius’ first attempt, although the rebound ended at the feet of Benzema, who managed to finish the game.
At Stamford Bridge, he aspires to continue to defend the blue frame, and now he too He returned to the monarchy with Spain after the arrival of Luis de la Fuente. Will his future at Chelsea have anything to do with winning or losing against Real Madrid?