Frank Lampard’s reaction to Kepa’s latest howler speaks volumes about Chelsea boss

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard’s reaction to Kepa Arrizabalaga’s latest howler speak volumes about the sort of boss he is.

Kepa suffered yet another blip during Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Luton in the FA Cup on Sunday as he failed to keep out Jordan Clark’s effort.

The shot appeared to be almost straight at the Spain stopper, who merely needed to provide a firm right hand to keep the ball out.

But Kepa failed to do so, allowing Luton back into the game at 2-1 after half an hour at Stamford Bridge.

However, despite once again showing Chelsea have so far been completely unjustified in spending £71m on Kepa, Lampard refused to criticise his number 2 publicly, and instead directed some of the fire at the defence too.

Kepa Arrizabalaga failed to keep out Jordan Clark’s shot to allow Luton back in the game

“On the flip side of that Kepa makes a really top save in the second half to make sure it doesn’t go to 2-2,” said Lampard.

“It’s very easy to sort of hone in on that. Kepa’s not been playing been regularly, he’s come in and he’s trained well and he’s a good goalkeeper and I’ll certainly give him that one.

“I’m as annoyed that we let someone stand in our box in space and get a shot in when they shouldn’t have done that.

Frank Lampard directed some of the blame at the Chelsea defence

“I think it was a general team moment of complacency and how comfortable we were at 2-0 which wasn’t good enough.”

Former Chelsea striker Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink was less diplomatic in his verdict of Kepa’s error, admitting that the pressure appears to be getting the better of the under fire keeper.

‘For me he needs to save this, sorry,’ the ex-Chelsea striker told BBC Sport.

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‘Sorry but I think he sees enough of the ball, the player. What’s the player going to do there? He’s going to hit the ball.

“Every time he goes in goal at Chelsea he knows he’s under pressure because everyone is looking at him because of how he started, how he did last year. And this obviously doesn’t help him as well.

“If you look at the other goalkeepers in the league at the top end, they would save this. That’s where he’s at and it’s a problem.”

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