Kepa Arrizabalaga was criticised after Chelsea's draw with Valencia

Kepa Arrizabalaga was criticised after Chelsea’s draw with Valencia (BPI/REX)

Frank Lampard has defended Kepa Arrizabalaga after he was criticised for conceding Chelsea’s second goal against Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Chelsea appeared on course to secure a 2-1 victory at the Mestalla but Daniel Wass’ over-hit cross flew over Kepa and went in off the far post with eight minutes remaining.

Kepa’s positioning for Wass’ goal was questioned after the match but Lampard is adamant that the Spanish goalkeeper, who also saved a penalty in the second half to keep Chelsea in front, would have been unable to save the effort.

‘It was certainly a fluke,’ Lampard said after the game.


Kepa Arrizabalaga saved a penalty in the second half to keep Chelsea ahead against Valencia

Kepa Arrizabalaga saved a penalty in the second half to keep Chelsea ahead (BPI/REX)

‘He didn’t mean to score and that makes it more difficult for the goalkeeper because they don’t expect to go off the far top corner.

‘The cross came in too high for him.

‘I know there might be the feeling he pulled his hands away, I’m not sure he would have got there anyway.

‘I will have to look at it again and Kepa will be the best one because he’s very honest with himself and if he feels he could have got it then I’m sure he would say that.

‘But we can’t look away from the penalty save.

‘It wasn’t just a standard penalty save, it was a fantastic one and that’s what top keepers do to save you points.’

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