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Chelsea manager Tuchel explains wanting 'strong Kepa' behind Newcastle start

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has explained why Kepa Arrizabalaga started ahead of Edouard Mendy against Newcastle United on Monday.

The Spaniard started Chelsea's FA Cup win over Barnsley last week, and Tuchel wanted him to find some rhythm with another outing.

"We need a strong Kepa in our squad," Tuchel told Sky Sports. "He had a good game in the cup so we decided to give him another match to build up a little bit of rhythm, confidence and to trust him because he did very well.

"At the same time, we can give Edou the chance to mentally recover because it is a demanding position mentally and concentration-wise so with one decision we have both advantages."


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