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Chelsea’s under-fire Kepa backed as ex-Blues defender Mario Melchiot says new goalkeeper is NOT needed to challenge for title

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Mario Melchiot insists Chelsea do NOT need to sign a new goalkeeper despite another mistake from incumbent No.1 Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Spaniard came under fire once again during the Blues’ 3-1 Premier League win against Brighton.

Frank Lampard was happy with Kepa’s performance against Brighton, despite the poor goal he conceded

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Frank Lampard was happy with Kepa’s performance against Brighton, despite the poor goal he conceded

Kepa failed to save Leandro Trossard’s long range effort, which levelled the scores following Jorginho’s first-half penalty.

The goalkeeper’s blushes were spared, however, as defenders Reece James and Kurt Zouma later scored to secure Chelsea all three points.

Former Blues defender Melchiot hoped that Kepa would get the full backing and support from manager Frank Lampard.

He told talkSPORT: “It was a distance shot. When it goes in, it was outside the box and people are going to go to the goalkeeper straight away.

“It’s also one of the moments that people pick up from last season as well and try to jump on him.

Kepa’s performances continue to be scrutinised and he could soon be replaced as Chelsea’s No.1

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Kepa’s performances continue to be scrutinised and he could soon be replaced as Chelsea’s No.1

“The only thing I want to make sure is that Frank made the decision that he is his goalkeeper. He now has to give the goalkeeper the confidence and the belief that these things won’t shake him up.

“If this is not the case, I totally understand why people are jumping on him. Then they want to see a change.

When asked if Chelsea need to sign a new goalkeeper to be title contenders, Melchiot added: “No, I don’t think so. You just have to look at the player and the ability of the player.

“When Kepa is at his best, I have no doubts in him. The only thing is there are a couple of question marks. They are the only questions I have.

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“Frank sees him closer than we see him; we see him at games and that’s what we judge him on. I expect more from him and I hope he expects more from himself too.

“As long as he can deliver that, I wouldn’t change him. If it’s going to be the same thing everyone’s been jumping on, then I want to see something happen.”

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