Frank Lampard has dropped Kepa Arrizabalaga in favour of Edouard Mendy after his calamitous show on the weekend.
Nevertheless, summer time signing Hakim Ziyech doesn’t function within the matchday XI for the Champions League conflict in opposition to Sevilla.
The Blues kick off their European marketing campaign at house to the Europa League winners on Tuesday amid critical issues over their propensity for conceding objectives.
Lampard’s aspect have shipped an alarming 63 objectives in 43 matches since he was appointed supervisor final yr, together with 9 in 5 Premier League fixtures this time period – three of which got here in Saturday’s draw with Southampton, when Kepa was taking part in.
Lampard mentioned after the match at Stamford Bridge: “The opposite stat is that since I’ve been right here, we’ve conceded the second-least pictures within the Premier League, I feel behind Manchester City. It helps generally to slim down among the points.
“The problems are that we don’t concede many pictures on our aim, however after we do, we concede objectives.”
It seems as if Lampard has misplaced religion with the costliest goalkeeper on this planet following his newest errors and is prepared to deliver summer time signing Mendy again into the fray.
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The £22million signing from Rennes is probably not the reply to Chelsea’s defensive points, however membership captain Cesar Azpilcueta is aware of the necessity to tighten up defensively earlier than the Group E opener in opposition to the Europa League holders.
“What is evident is that if we need to battle for every thing we have now to enhance defensively,” mentioned Azpilicueta.
“This can be a downside we have now to repair collectively and individually. Generally you will get away with it however you can’t rely each recreation on having to attain three objectives.
“You must dig in and get a clear sheet. It’s crucial for the boldness of the workforce to have this solidity. We’ve got to begin getting this consistency of not conceding objectives.
“As a defender I really feel dangerous once you concede so many objectives. We’ve got to enhance our private errors and collectively take higher choices.”
Ziyech, a summer time signing from Ajax, got here off the bench on the weekend for his Chelsea debut and may have no alternative however to repeat the trick this night.
The winger helped take the Dutch aspect to the semi-final stage of this competitors in 2019, however was knocked out by Tottenham Hotspur.
In different information, Ben Chilwell begins once more on the left hand aspect of the defence after a robust recreation in opposition to the Saints and Timo Werner might be hoping so as to add much more objectives to his tally after two on Saturday.
CHELSEA VS SEVILLA TEAMS
Chelsea: Mendy, James, Thiago Silva, Zouma, Chilwell, Jorginho, Kante, Pulisic, Havertz, Mount, Werner.
Subs: Arrizabalaga, Rudiger, Christensen, Abraham, Caballero, Tomori, Kovacic, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Azpilicueta, Emerson Palmieri.
Sevilla: Bounou, Jesus Navas, Sergi Gomez, Diego Carlos, Acuna, Rakitic, Fernando, Gudelj, Suso, de Jong, Ocampos.
Subs: Vaclik, Rekik, Jordan, Munir, Rodriguez, En-Nesyri, Escudero, Torres, Vazquez, Carlos Fernandez.