Kepa Arrizabalaga: Chelsea goalkeeper set for a fresh start under Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel has moved to hand-held goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga a “fresh start” at Chelsea.

The new boss Tuchel will give Spaniard Kepa a start in Thursday’s FA Cup round in the fifth round for Barnsley.

Recruitment of DKK 72 million £ has not lived up to that record price for a goalkeeper in 2018 and has fallen behind for the summer signing of Edouard Mendy in Chelsea’s pick order.

Tuchel remains with Mendy as first-choice after replacing Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge, but has now insisted Kepa can still rebuild his career in west London.

“It’s very important for me to say this: he does not have to achieve too much,” Tuchel said.

“I want him to play a normal match tomorrow. He does not have to show me or anyone else tomorrow that he is ready to be Spain’s number one in the summer.

“He just has to show his quality. Not more or less. So we have to live up to expectations because I do not expect him to score and keep a clean sheet.

“I just want him to help us with his quality and for him to give a solid performance to help the team. He has big goals to achieve and great personal ambition. But that’s normal; that’s why he’s here.

Arrizabalaga has started all of Chelsea’s FA Cup matches this season

“No goalkeeper will sit on the bench, I understand that. And none of my guys will travel tomorrow to sit on the bench.

“The situation for Kepa is the situation he is finding right now. We did not change in the first games and Edou was strong at the moment.

“From the outside, he may have had some difficulties on the sporting side, and perhaps the circumstances of his transfer were also a bit on his shoulders. That was the impression from the outside.

“From the inside I see a nice guy, I see a nice personality, an open personality, a hard working guy with obviously a lot of quality.

“So the good thing for him is that we start anew, it’s a new start for him. I do not have a story with him and I hope there will be no difficulties because I can not see them coming.

“He’s a clear guy, an open guy. He does everything to impress in training. Kepa has a chance tomorrow and I hope he can show what he shows during training.

“Whether we bought them for crazy money if they came through the academy or they were a free agent, it’s our job to push every player to the extreme; that’s what counts.

“It’s our job to push Kepa to the extreme, trust him and build his strengths. We trust him and we need three strong goalkeepers to meet our goals.”

Gilmour set for the first match under Tuchel

Scotland Under-21 international Billy Gilmour is not yet under Tuchel but could get his first chance at Barnsley.

Tuchel continues to insist he is very impressed with Gilmour in training, but admitted that he remains behind N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in his midfield ranks.

“Right now he is one of four players for the central midfield with Kovacic, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante,” said Tuchel.

“It does not make it easy for Billy to find his place, but he is number four right now in my head, and being number four out of two positions is a pretty good start for Billy.

Billy Gilmour vs. Luton
Billy Gilmour has yet to show up since Frank Lampard’s last fight in charge

“I wanted him to definitely stay because he has a big influence on training games and his quality is obvious.

“We are happy to have him and are quite ready to push him and help him along the way.”

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