Lampard responds to pundits’ criticism of Kepa

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has refused to address the latest criticism of keeper Kepa Arrizabalga.

The Spaniard has been guilty of some poor displays this season and there has been speculation that Lampard could look to offload him this summer.

Pundits again tore into Kepa after he shipped five goals in this week’s defeat at Liverpool.

When asked about that criticism, Lampard said: “I don’t want to comment on other peoples’ comments about the players.

“That’s their opinions and they’re very well positioned to have their opinions.

“I have to work behind the scenes with every position in the team, so my only thought now is how well we can approach the two games in front of us domestically and then the one against Bayern Munich.

“I don’t want to get too far ahead of that and that goes for any player in the team, not just Kepa.”

Lampard’s immediate priority is the home game against Wolves on Sunday, when a point would be enough to seal Chelsea’s Champions League spot for next season.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Lampard said: “We’ll approach the game to win the game. I don’t think there is any other way to approach a game of football.

“We’ll prepare right, respect our opponent – they’re obviously a very good opponent, we’ve seen that all season – and we’re aware of the situation but will try and win.”

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