Kepa Arrizabalaga backs himself to reclaim No 1 spot at Chelsea as he’s ‘confident he can turn the situation around’ after Frank Lampard brought in new first-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy this summer

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga believes he can win back his spot as No 1
Spain international came under scrutiny at Blues after high-profile mistakes
Edouard Mendy joined for £22million as Kepa’s replacement in goal

Chelsea’s out-of-favour goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga believes he can win back his place as the club’s No 1.

The Spain international came under scrutiny at Stamford Bridge after several high-profile errors and Frank Lampard invested in a new first-choice shot-stopper this summer in Edouard Mendy.

Mendy joined for £22million as Kepa’s replacement last month but the former No 1 has backed himself to reclaim the spot.

‘I feel good. Strong, confident. Maybe not the dream situation. We have to experience things like this,’ Kepa said at a press conference ahead of Spain’s matches against Switzerland and Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League.

‘I am confident to turn the situation around. When I have the opportunity to play I will try to do it the best possible.

‘Obviously all the players want to play. I do not consider myself beyond the day to day. In football it is difficult to look at the medium or long term. Obviously I want to play. The closest thing is the national team and I think about that.

‘I feel like a footballer every day. I feel strong, very good at the national team and very good at Chelsea. It is a great club and I feel lucky.’

Kepa, dropped twice by Lampard last season, has been in the spotlight again this term after letting in a soft goal against Brighton and gifting Liverpool their second in the 2-0 defeat.

Mendy made his Premier League debut for Chelsea last Saturday and kept a clean sheet in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.


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