Kepa catches Lampard's eye in Chelsea win
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has praised his team's defensive performance in the 3-0 Premier League win over Watford, believing goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in particular put in a great performance.
Having dropped down to fifth earlier on Saturday after Manchester United crushed Bournemouth, the Blues returned to the Champions League places thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Willian and Ross Barkley.
Giroud latched onto Barkley's smart pass to notch the opener after 28 minutes and Willian doubled their advantage from the penalty spot when Etienne Capoue brought down Christian Pulisic.
Barkley dispatched Cesar Azpilicueta's cross in the final minutes of the contest to secure a third win in four games for Lampard's men, who are 1.12 to be playing Champions League football next season.
And Lampard claimed that, although his side defended well, Kepa was on call to make a stop when they needed him.
The 25-year-old shot-stopper became the world's most expensive goalkeeper hen signed for £71.6 million from Athletic Bilbao in August 2018 but was dropped for Willy Caballero earlier this season and has come under scrutiny at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking after the game, Lampard said: "I thought we defended pretty well when we needed to but the moment when we slipped and they got in, he makes a really good save.
"That's what you want from your goalkeeper. You want them to stay alert and be ready to make that sort of save - it's going to be great for his confidence."
Meanwhile, Chelsea are 1.44 to beat Crystal Palace, who are 8.00 with the draw 4.33, in the Premier League.
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