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When Kepa's family moving to London, We want his whole family here including his grandma.

Cannot be blamed for anything at all, anyone says differently they need their head examining,. 

He's freaking brilliant. Makes me not even remember a great keeper like Courtois left us. He's that good. His distribution is a million times better than Courtois' mediocre distribution plus he's an e

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A lot of understandable frustration here, but just a remainder, that when Kepa was dropped for Willy last season, it wasn't like the team suddenly stopped conceding. So schoolboy mistakes aside, there is no 'dropping to U23' or anything like this until Mendy comes here. At best, there will be a rotation between Kepa and Willy, as Kepa is mentally burnt I guess and should take a break, but I wouldn't be surprised if he won't be dropped in next match 

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This does not even excuse Kepa's horrible mistakes even a bit. He does basic mistakes that should not be happening in professional football that often. Yes, people make mistakes, but every match?
Caballero is a bad keeper himself. One of the main reasons why argentina was horrible in the last cup. We have two bad GK that are very similar size wise.

From what I have seen, Mendy is not that good either, but at least he does the basics right. Huge improvement

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21 minutes ago, killer1257 said:

This does not even excuse Kepa's horrible mistakes even a bit. He does basic mistakes that should not be happening in professional football that often. Yes, people make mistakes, but every match?
Caballero is a bad keeper himself. One of the main reasons why argentina was horrible in the last cup. We have two bad GK that are very similar size wise.

From what I have seen, Mendy is not that good either, but at least he does the basics right. Huge improvement

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I know I know. I am not finding excuses for Kepa at all here. 

But in some ways, should we be surprised that he can't even do the basics now when his confidence has been shot to pieces by say the dodgy defending in front of him? He wasn't even this bad, hopeless, pathetic, abysmal, shocking in his first season. 

Anyway, let's hope Mendy will help solve (some?) problems at the back.

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I know I know. I am not finding excuses for Kepa at all here. 
But in some ways, should we be surprised that he can't even do the basics now if his confidence has been shot to pieces by say the dodgy defending in front him? He wasn't even this bad, hopeless, pathetic, abysmal, shocking in his first season. 
Anyway, let's hope Mendy will help solve (some?) problems at the back.


To be honest, I think our defense was good yesterday apart from that huge mistake AC did. The first goal was not Kepa's fault and how should that really affect his confidence. Nobody cares if Kepa concedes goals when there is nothing he could do to prevent it. The Kepa topic is only that big because he does not save the basic shots. He looked better under Sarri, but I think during summer his GF broke up with him and I think Cech or Lampard said that he his also personal issues to deal with, so that does not help either.

Usually, good keepers shine in phases, in which defenders play bad. I have seen it many times. DDG at United carried the whole squad when Phil Jones and Smalling were their defenders. Martinez and Leno last season saved Arsenal many times because Mustafi and Luiz are bad defenders. Cech saved us many times when we had Luiz and Cahill partnership 2012. Really good keepers show how good they are in those moments.

Right now, I think Mendy solves almost all problems. He can catch balls, he is a presence in the box and can save the basic shots due to his size. I do not think he can make those world class saves like Martinez did last season for instance against the shot from TAA against Pool, but I do not care anymore. A guy that is solid makes me happy at this stage. I am really hyped on Mendy now lol.

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Would say I am happy we are getting another GK but we are still going to concede big chances from set plays and transitions. As mentioned last season and in that guardian article on Kepa also, its a recurring theme of Lampards teams. Lets hope Mendy - or Kepa if this pushes him on to improve tenfold and re-establish himself (doubt it but never know) - can make a difference but wont pretend that I know who the guy is or what he is like.

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Would say I am happy we are getting another GK but we are still going to concede big chances from set plays and transitions. As mentioned last season and in that guardian article on Kepa also, its a recurring theme of Lampards teams. Lets hope Mendy - or Kepa if this pushes him on to improve tenfold and re-establish himself (doubt it but never know) - can make a difference but wont pretend that I know who the guy is or what he is like.
We conceded many goals from set pieces in situations, in which Kepa should have come out and catch the ball. He rarely does that. So that means for our CBs that they MUST win the aerial duels. We only have one truly world class player at aerial duels and his name is Zouma. He wins almost as many aeriak duels as VVD does.
Tomori, Rüdiger and AC are not that good at aerial duels compared to Zouma.
So, Kepa clearly does not help the defenders either like Carragher pointed out couple of weeks ago that it is a horror for CBs to have a keeper like Kepa

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"He shouldn’t play, he should see a shrink!" Chelsea legend Frank Lebeouf in Kepa blast

However, despite the outburst from Frank Leboeuf, Blues midfielder Mason Mount insists that the side will continue to rally around their under-fire Spanish goalkeeper

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7 hours ago, killer1257 said:

This does not even excuse Kepa's horrible mistakes even a bit. He does basic mistakes that should not be happening in professional football that often. Yes, people make mistakes, but every match?
Caballero is a bad keeper himself. One of the main reasons why argentina was horrible in the last cup. We have two bad GK that are very similar size wise.

From what I have seen, Mendy is not that good either, but at least he does the basics right. Huge improvement

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we went from 2 of the top 10 keepers on the planet over the past 15 odd years to the worst on any Big 5 League team

Willy is barely better, he is dogshit too at times (and nearly 39!!!, and Dino Zoff he aint), he just is a step up from Kepa

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22 hours ago, The Skipper said:

Thank goodness Mendy is on the way. Kinda feel sorry for Kepa tbh must be a lot to go through. 

Let's hope Mendy is an improvement, otherwise Mendy will make Kepa look like the second coming. 

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2 minutes ago, Fernando said:

Let's hope Mendy is an improvement, otherwise Mendy will make Kepa look like the second coming. 

Have you seen the data comparison?

Mendy is vastly superior in commanding his box and shop stopping. Just night and day. What's also funny is that Mendy is apparently better in distribution than Kepa as well, which is something we expected Kepa to excel in. 

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