Lampard Drops Two Key Players From UCL Squad For Krasnodar Clash

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has made a few changes to his Champions League squad and decided to leave two key players back in London for their trip to Krasnodar on Wednesday night.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has been displaced by Edouard Mendy as Lampard’s first-choice goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge.

And the Spaniard has not travelled with the squad to face Krasnodar, although his absence is due to a shoulder injury.

Thiago Silva has arguably been Chelsea’s most impressive signing so far but he too has been left back home.

That could open up the opportunity for Antonio Rudiger to make his first appearance of the season.

Replacing Kepa in the squad is academy goalkeeper Karlo Ziger, who has been tipped for a bright future.

The 19-year-old has impressed Chelsea youth coaches during his time in the club’s academy.

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Chelsea squad in full:

Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, Willy Caballero, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Edouard Mendy, Mateo Kovacic, Olivier Giroud, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kai Havertz, Emerson Palmieri, Karlo Ziger.

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