Chelsea boss Graham Potter given first World Cup worry as two howlers highlight issues


Kepa Arrizabalaga was brought in for his first Premier League start since January for Chelsea’s clash with Crystal Palace last month while Mendy was out injured. The Spaniard went on to keep consecutive clean sheets against Wolves, Aston Villa and Brentford raising doubts on whether Mendy would win his starting spot back.

An injury to Kepa against Brighton saw Mendy given an opportunity back in the starting line-up for Chelsea’s final two league games, but he was unable to prevent the Blues losing 1-0 to Arsenal and Newcastle. Mendy will need to find some form at the World Cup in order to make Potter think twice about dropping him as Chelsea’s No 1.

But Kepa may have a slight advantage as he’s not travelled with Spain for the World Cup after missing out on the squad, meaning he will be working closely with Potter through the mid-season break. And the Chelsea boss will want a steady pair of hands in between the sticks when the Premier League season resumes next month with the Blues’ next feature being at home to Bournemouth on December 27.


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