Kepa Arrizabalaga has sent the Chelsea squad a message ahead of their upcoming crucial clashes against both West Ham United and Borussia Dortmund.
The Blues are ten points adrift of the top four spots, should they want to be playing Champions League football again next season they will need a dramatic improvement.
After a rocky run both sides of the World Cup break in Qatar, which at one point saw Graham Potter’s men win just once in eight in all competitions, the west London outfit look to have found some more stable form.
In the last three games, the Blues are unbeaten and have not conceded a single goal. They defeated Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge and played out two 0-0 draws against Liverpool and Fulham respectively.
One of the main factors that has seen Chelsea not concede, has been the performances of Kepa.
Under head coach Potter, the Spaniard has become the favoured choice in net for the Blues, moving up in the pecking order ahead of Edouard Mendy who had a difficult start to the season.
If Chelsea are to continue and improve upon their recent form, Kepa maintaining this level of performance will be vital.
Speaking to the official Chelsea website, the 28-year-old touched upon their most recent fixture against their west London rivals. He said: “It was not an easy game, a lot of new players is not an excuse, we have to win, we need wins, because we are mid-table.
“We are working on that, we are knowing each other, it’s time to do it quick because we are in the middle of the season. Hopefully the new guys can help us, we can be a strong team and win a lot of games until the final of the season.”
In the early kick-off on Saturday the Blues face a trip to take on West Ham at the London Stadium, then in midweek they travel to Germany for an away tie in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund.
It is going to be a tough week, but an exciting one, and Kepa is up for the challenge: “We can’t wait to be back in the Champions League.
“It’s a big game against West Ham, we’ll go there for a win, for three points because we need it.”
Chelsea vs Brighton & Hove Albion: Confirmed team news for Premier League clash
“Disappointing” – Former Chelsea star slams sackings & club’s transfer policy after summer departure
FA Cup third round draw: Chelsea ball number, confirmed teams, how to watch, fixture dates
When and who are the Chelsea players still playing at 2022 World Cup and how to watch action in Qatar?
When and who do Chelsea play on their return to Premier League action?
Aston Villa vs Chelsea LIVE: John McGinn clinches Challenge Cup victory in Abu Dhabi as Broja suffers knee injury
Watch: Relive Chelsea’s thrilling 4-4 draw against Man City as Cole Palmer silences former club
“That’s how I find out” – Chelsea star explains moment he learned of special Mauricio Pochettino decision
Watch: Mauricio Pochettino handed huge injury return as Chelsea prepare for Aston Villa clash
Opinions5 days ago
Double Chelsea apology has to be actioned vs Brighton amid ‘angry and disappointed’ Pochettino
Transfers5 days ago
Revealed: The two Chelsea players who ‘could consider their immediate futures’ amid Conor Gallagher ‘doubt’
News2 days ago
Mauricio Pochettino handed fresh injury blow as Malo Gusto & Reece James both ruled out of Brighton clash
News2 days ago
Pochettino reveals Lavia & Nkunku’s chances of facing Brighton as Gusto ruled out