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Kepa will not moan about Mendy’s Chelsea return, says Tuchel

Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel says there isn’t any dangerous blood with Kepa Arrizabalaga after the Spanish goalkeeper was dropped to make method for Edouard Mendy in Saturday’s conflict with Manchester Metropolis

Senegal’s keeper Mendy has missed Chelsea’s previous two video games after aggravating a hip damage throughout final week’s Champions League win in opposition to Zenit Saint Petersburg.

In Mendy’s absence, Kepa stored a clear sheet within the 3-Zero win at Tottenham on Sunday, then saved a penalty within the Blues’ League Cup shoot-out victory over Aston Villa in midweek.

He additionally got here off the bench to make a decisive penalty shootout save when Chelsea beat Villarreal to win the Uefa Tremendous Cup in August.

However Kepa’s spectacular shows weren’t sufficient to maintain the 26-year-old in purpose in opposition to Metropolis as Tuchel confirmed Mendy would begin now he’s accessible once more.

Requested by reporters on Friday if that hardline stance may create issues in his relationship with Kepa, the Chelsea boss stated he had already made it clear to former Athletic Bilbao keeper that Mendy was his first selection.

“We’re right here to push Kepa to absolutely the restrict,” stated Tuchel. “He’s implausible and we’re comfortable to have him.

“However Mendy is within the second No 1 and No 1 is able to play. It’s simple, not onerous in any respect. There aren’t any onerous emotions in there.

“That is welcome to Chelsea, the competitors goes on at a really excessive stage. They’re pals, there aren’t any onerous phrases. He won’t come to my workplace and say I’m not comfortable.”

Tuchel has masterminded three successive wins over Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola, together with final season’s Champions League closing.

One other victory at Stamford Bridge would take the Premier League leaders six factors away from champions Metropolis within the early phases of the title race.

Whatever the outcome, Tuchel, who grew to become pleasant with Guardiola when each labored in Germany, admits it nonetheless looks like an honour to compete in opposition to a supervisor he has admired from the early days of his teaching profession.

“After I began this work, I didn’t do it to achieve his type of stage. It was extra about understanding what he did tactically, how he implements a counter-press,” Tuchel stated.

“I don’t need to copy him. I’m not a fan boy however I’m merely impressed. It was an honour to listen to his beliefs. It questioned my beliefs.”

He added: “It was to this point out of attain to have the ability to compete with him. That’s why I’m so grateful now.

“If we are able to play at our stage we are able to beat Pep’s crew. It is a good feeling – you might be in a superb place.”

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