Thomas Tuchel confirms Edouard Mendy remains Chelsea’s first goalkeeper ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Edouard Mendy is still the number one goalkeeper at Chelsea.

Mendy has not appeared in the last two games for the Blues against Barnsley and Newcastle United, who have seen Kepa Arrizabalaga start both games.

Kepa maintained a clean sheet in both matches and got a header in a 2-0 win against the Magpies on Monday to gain confidence.

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However, the German head coach revealed after the match that Mendy is still number one and will return against Southampton over the weekend.

“No, Edou is number one,” Tuchel admitted. “This is clear. It was clear before the game and it stays that way.

“I was very happy that Kepa kept the second clean net in a row, it was a moment to let him feel the rhythm and build confidence. Not only in the cup game, but also in the home game at Stamford Bridge. This was the moment.

“It was clear before we hoped for the best performance [for him] and a clean sheet.

“Edou will be in goal from now on, because he has recovered physically and mentally, and today he is number one.”

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