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Kepa reveals ´it´s normal´ for co-owner Boehly to visit Chelsea dressing room

SoccerNews in English Premier League 17 Apr 2023


Kepa Arrizabalaga does not see any problem in Todd Boehly coming into the dressing room after games, revealing Chelsea’s co-owner often does so.

Reports emerged following Chelsea’s home loss to Brighton and Hove Albion that Boehly had spent around an hour in the team’s dressing room.

Boehly is said to have declared that Chelsea’s results have been “embarrassing”. The Blues have lost all three games under interim boss Frank Lampard, who took over after Graham Potter was sacked earlier in April.

Kepa, however, sees no issue with Boehly having his say or visiting the dressing room.

“Todd comes to the changing room in every game,” the goalkeeper said at a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

“He had different chats with us after different games. I am not going to say what he said.

“It is normal when he came into the changing room.”

Lampard, too, has no problem with it.

“I’m comfortable with that,” said Lampard. “When an owner is very invested, it’s their prerogative to have the input they want, it shows passion.”

Kepa has kept his place in the team since Lampard took over from Potter, despite the Chelsea great having dropped him during his first stint as head coach and Edouard Mendy having returned from a hand injury that had kept him out since the World Cup.

The 28-year-old shrugged off any suggestion there is lingering animosity between Lampard and himself.

“It was three years ago, it was a different situation and different everything,” Kepa said.

“Now I am playing, Frank is the manager, and he is taking his decision in every game, and when he picks me in the starting XI, I am doing my best.

“It’s been my home for five years now. I am very happy to be here. I am feeling like I am at home. I am enjoying this journey that we have had in the last few years.

“In the last two seasons, I played 15 games, but now I am playing, and I am playing well. I feel confident and enjoy it out on the pitch. I think that’s the most important thing.

“Obviously, the season, in general, is not the best, but I am personally happy with my season.”

Chelsea trail Madrid 2-0 heading into Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge.


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