Thomas Tuchel has been impressed by Kepa Arrizabalaga – and has given him his chance to impress.
Kepa was named as Chelsea's goalkeeper for the Premier League clash with Newcastle on Monday night, with Edouard Mendy dropped to the bench.
Under previous manager Frank Lampard, £70m stopper Kepa was dropped with Mendy signed as his replacement.
Kepa has still been playing domestic cup matches, and kept a clean sheet against Barnsley in the FA Cup last week.
And that performance was enough for Tuchel to keep him in the side.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Tuchel said: "We need a strong Kepa in our squad.
"He had a good game in the cup so we decided to give him another match to build up a bit of rhythm, a little bit of confidence, to trust.
"At the same time, Edu the chance to mentality recover – it's a demanding position mentally and concentration wise.
"With one decision we have both advantages."
Tuchel kept the same approach further up the pitch as he kept faith in Tammy Abraham as the leading striker.
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Timo Werner was kept on the left-side of the attack, with Mason Mount covering on the other.
And the decision to pick Abraham up front suggests that Werner is not going to be seen as a central player in Tuchel's thinking.
He said: "We need strikers, we need goals. Tammy delivered (in the FA Cup).
"Today we think it's not such a high chance to drop from the No.6 because they have a single 6.
"The 10 is not so open normally so we opted for Tammy, he's in good shape and the guy to break the last line."
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