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Thomas Tuchel confirms Chelsea's first-choice goalkeeper

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Edouard Mendy remains Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper despite starting Kepa Arrizabalaga against Newcastle United on Monday night.

First-half goals from Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner saw Chelsea ease past Newcastle on Monday as Tuchel’s side climbed to fourth in the Premier League.

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Kepa has endured a horrid time at Stamford Bridge since he joined Chelsea in 2018 in a deal costing more than £70million.

The Spain international lost his place in the team to summer signing Edouard Mendy under Frank Lampard, but has seemingly been offered some sort of a lifeline by new manager Tuchel.

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Kepa started Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Barnsley on Thursday and the Premier League victory over Newcastle on Monday – keeping clean sheets in both fixtures – but Tuchel says Mendy remains his No. 1.

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Speaking after Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Newcastle, the Blues boss said: ‘Edouard is the number one and that is clear, it stays like this.

‘I am very happy Kepa continued with a second clean sheet and it was the right moment to let him feel the rhythm and build his confidence.

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‘We hoped for the very best performance and Edu will be in from now on because he is the number one.’

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On Chelsea’s routine victory over Newcastle, Tuchel added: ‘It was a very good night, the perfect evening.

‘We knew we had he opportunity to jump into the top four. We took this chance, the guys get a well deserved two days off now.

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‘Second half was not our best, we struggled with decision making, confidence and technical mistakes. But we always accept the fight.

‘I got the impression we don’t wan to lose what we built in the first half, I prefer us to think about what we can create.’

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