Frank Lampard has explained his decision to drop Kepa Arrizabalaga for Chelsea’s final Premier League match against Wolves.
Chelsea will qualify for next season’s Champions League as long as they avoid defeat at home to Wolves on Sunday, while victory could see them overtake Manchester United and finish third in the Premier League.
Lampard has made two changes to the Chelsea team that was beaten by champions Liverpool during the week, with Kepa and Willian making way for Willy Caballero and Christian Pulisic.
Kepa became the most expensive goalkeeper in history when Chelsea signed him from Athletic Bilbao in 2018 but he has struggled at Stamford Bridge and been linked with a move ahead of the summer transfer window.
Explaining his decision to drop Kepa for Chelsea’s final-day clash, Lampard said: ‘It’s just a choice. Kepa has had some difficult times so I’m playing Willy.’
Asked about the threat of Wolves, Lampard added: ‘This is two teams who want to win the game.
‘They’ve had a very good season and whether they qualify for the Europa League or not, they’ve had two good seasons now.
‘They are a great team, fantastically well managed so we have to be ready for the best Wolves.’
On Lampard’s decision to drop Kepa, former Premier League star Jamie Redknapp told Sky Sports: ‘I’m not surprised.
‘He’s conceded a lot of goals this season and he doesn’t make enough saves for me. It’s a toss-up between the two really and he probably feels Caballero deserves the chance.
‘It’s a huge game for the club. This Chelsea team do concede goals and opportunities so they might have to score a few to get the points they need.’
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