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Kepa Arrizabalaga starts for Chelsea in Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb (Photos)

‘We have two goalkeepers competing at the highest level.’ Chelsea’s Champions League campaign begins against Dinamo Zagreb. He was unlucky in the last few games, not bad but unlucky.’ It’s a new competition, so now might be a good time for Edou to take a break. (Image courtesy of Getty) On top of that, Edou has some patella tendon issues. We took a chance because he’s not 100% fit right now.’ Pierre-Emerick Tuchel has made six changes from Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win over West Ham for Chelsea’s first Champions League match. Thomas Tuchel has explained why Kepa Arrizabalaga starts against Dinamo Zagreb in Chelsea’s first Champions League match. ‘First and foremost, the most important thing is that Kepa deserves to play for a long time,’ Tuchel said. The Spaniard has not played for Chelsea since March, but he starts against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night. (Image courtesy of Getty) Mendy has had a difficult start to the season, making a huge error in the Blues’ thrashing of Leeds United and then producing another shaky performance against West Ham at the weekend. It’s an opportunity for Kepa to stake his claim. Mendy made some high-profile mistakes and was extremely fortunate over the weekend. When Chelsea signed Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao in 2018, he became the most expensive goalkeeper in history, but he struggled at Stamford Bridge before losing his place in the team. The Gabonese striker spent four years at Arsenal before joining Barcelona in January 2022. It’s a fantastic piece of business.’ Aubameyang makes his debut for the club after joining on deadline day from Barcelona, while Wesley Fofana makes his first Champions League appearance. Meanwhile, former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole believes Aubameyang will thrive at Stamford Bridge following his return to the Premier League. Let’s see what Kepa can do, and it will show that Mendy isn’t necessary in this team.’ He provides everything Chelsea requires: he gets on the shoulder, he finishes, and he’s a proven goal scorer. The Premier League club starts Cesar Azpilicueta, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount, and Kai Havertz, with Thiago Silva rested and Marc Cucurella, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Christian Pulisic on the bench. Kepa Arrizabalaga replaces the injured Edouard Mendy. When looking for a short-term solution, he was the first name that came to mind. ‘Aubameyang is an outstanding player,’ Cole said. Former England striker Peter Crouch told BT Sport in response to Tuchel’s decision to change goalkeepers: ‘I think it was coming.’ MORE: Arsen Zakharyan reveals he agreed to join Chelsea before the deal fell through. Check out our sports page for more stories like this. Denis Zakaria, a new Chelsea signing, has been compared to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira. Metro Sport can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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