Chelsea vs Palmeiras: Why Arrizabalaga was dropped for Mendy in Club World Cup final – Cech

Chelsea’s technical director, Petr Cech, has defined why Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped on the bench for the Blues 2-1 win over Brazilian facet Palmeiras within the Membership World Cup remaining on Saturday.

Kepa was benched in Thomas Tuchel’s squad for the ultimate after having fun with one thing of a renaissance in current weeks.

The Spain Worldwide stood in for first-choice goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy because the 29-year-old was away with Senegal on the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Throughout this era, Kepa saved 5 clear sheets within the final eight video games Chelsea performed and was in prime type throughout Wednesday’s 1-Zero win over Al Hilal within the semi-final.

Nonetheless, Mendy, who solely returned to Chelsea shortly earlier than the semi-final, having participated absolutely in Senegal’s celebrations of their AFCON victory, was referred to as upon to man the submit on Saturday.

“We’ve prime goalkeepers, they each carry out on the highest degree this season. It makes it onerous. The identical with the opposite gamers, 25 member squad however can solely discipline 11 gamers,” Cech instructed Channel 4.

‘We selected to go along with Edou as a result of he’s our primary goalkeeper, he came visiting right here, skilled and is match. I believe it’s a tough choice to make however he’s our primary, he performs.”

Chelsea ultimately received the FIFA Membership World Cup 2021 with Romelu Lukaku and Kai Havertz scoring for the Premier League facet.

Romelu Lukaku fired Chelsea forward however his purpose was cancelled out from the penalty spot by Cavalcante Veiga.

Referee Christopher Beath awarded Chelsea a contentious penalty within the second half of the additional time for a handball.

With three minutes to the top of the sport, Kai Havertz scored from the spot to provide the Champions League holders their first trophy of the 2021/22 season.

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