Chelsea will continue the defence of their UEFA Champions League trophy when they welcome Swedish champions Malmo to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. The Blues will want to bounce back from their narrow defeat to Juventus last time out and are expected to do so against a Malmo side that are considered as the weakest team in group H.
Thomas Tuchel is expected to make wholesale changes to the starting lineup that defeated Brentford at the weekend, with the inclusion of a few players who have not really been involved this season.
One position which he should consider making a change is the goalkeeper position.
Edouard Mendy has been excellent as Chelsea's number one shot stopper since his arrival last season. The Senegalese keeper kept nine clean sheets in Chelsea's journey to lift the Champions League and also kept 16 clean sheets in his maiden Premier League campaign. He reminded everyone of his qualities with his match winning performance against Brentford last weekend.
However, Tuchel will need to give him some rest on Wednesday night and hand competitive minutes to Kepa Arrizabalaga to stretch his legs against a team the Blues are expected to beat comfortably.
Thomas Tuchel has found a way to keep each member of his squad happy by rotating his lineup from time to time. This has helped to develop a good spirit amongst the players in camp, making everyone feel important with a role to play for the team.
The German tactician is aware that Mendy will be leaving the squad in January to join the Senegal at the African Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon next year. By that time, Kepa will automatically become the number one choice in goal for Chelsea.
The Spaniard will need games like these (vs Malmo) to get him ready for the huge task ahead. Malmo are a decent team but they don't really stand a chance here considering the gulf of class between them and Chelsea.
A start for Kepa should be a no-brainer in my opinion. Games like this, plus appearances in cup matches will keep him sharp and ready to take over from Mendy when he temporarily leaves the squad early next year.
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