Chelsea chief Cech explains Kepa axe for CWC final

Chelsea chief Petr Cech has explained the decision to drop Kepa Arrizabalaga for the Club World Cup final.

Kepa had become the Blues’ starter in goal while Edouard Mendy was away at the Africa Cup of Nations, a tournament he helped Senegal to win for the first time in their history.

But Mendy was back in goal for victory against Palmeiras last night.

“We have top goalkeepers, they both perform on the top level this season,” Chelsea’s technical director Cech told Channel 4.

“It makes it hard. The same with the other players, 25 member squad but can only field 11 players.

“We chose to go with Edou because he’s our number one goalkeeper, he came over here, trained and is fit. I think it’s a hard decision to make but he’s our number one, he plays.”

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