Frank Lampard insists he is happy with Kepa Arrizabalaga even though he conceded another long-range goal in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
Chelsea followed a close season of ambitious transfer declarations with a victory after second-half goals from Reece James and Kurt Zouma secured the points, Lucas Trossard disallowed Jorginho’s penalty in the 23rd minute.
Trossard restored parity in the second half nine minutes, Kepa allowed a shot from outside the box to sink under his right hand and into the lower left corner. The Blues are said to be close to signing Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, but Lampard is at least publicly backing a player for whom the club paid £ 71.6 million in 2018.
“I am very happy with Kepa,” he told Sky Sports. “With shooting, I’m not sure if I could have done better, but I saw a little more confidence in how he was playing.
“I am happy with him, Kepa is here, he is our goalkeeper and I am happy with him. If we bring competition, it will be competition. That is the nature of Chelsea. That goes for the entire squad, so we’ll see. “
Kai Havertz and Timo Werner each made their Chelsea debut following the moves of 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 performance from Chelsea.
On Havertz, Lampard said: “I liked it. I thought there were moments of true quality and tranquility.
“It’s a great question, there is a lot on his shoulders because of the signing he was, the fact that he is young, he comes to a different league.
“Play at that rate in terms of quality. I thought we saw some glimpses of that, we also saw him rush back 80 yards to make a defensive tackle after he gave away the ball.
“Everything I’ve seen about him in terms of his character is spot on and his quality is going to show. We’re going to see it a lot more. “De Werner added:” I love the way Timo shows up in different areas, he’s not a leader who sticks so much to center-backs, sometimes he can start from a little deeper, but when he goes , goes.
“We saw it with the explosion of rhythm because I think that for the penalty the ball was exaggerated a bit and it still arrives. He has that about him and he has a real hunger to score goals and be ruthless in those areas. I thought we had seen a lot of signs from Timo of what he’s going to bring. “