Brighton, September 15: Frank Lampard insists he is happy with Kepa Arrizabalaga despite him conceding another long-range goal in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion. Chelsea followed a close season of ambitious transfer statements with a win after second-half goals from Reece James and Kurt Zouma secured the points, Lucas Trossard having cancelled out Jorginho’s 23rd-minute penalty. Trossard restored parity nine minutes into the second half, Kepa allowing a strike from outside the box to dip under his right hand and into the bottom-left corner. The Blues are said to be close to signing Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, but Lampard is at least publicly backing a player the club paid £71.6million for in 2018.
“I’m very happy with Kepa,” he told Sky Sports. “With the shot, I’m not sure if he could have done any better but I saw a bit more confidence in how he was playing.. “I’m happy with him, Kepa’s here, he’s our keeper and I’m happy with him. If we are bringing in competition it’ll be competition. That’s the nature of Chelsea. That goes throughout the squad so we’ll see.” Kai Havertz and Timo Werner each made their Chelsea debuts following moves from Bayern Leverkusen and RB Leipzig respectively. Werner won the penalty that Jorginho converted and Lampard felt he saw positives from both players in what was at times a disjointed Chelsea