Kepa Arrizabalaga has been dropped for Chelsea's clash at West Brom as Willy Caballero starts and Thiago Silva makes his Premier League debut as captain.

Spanish goalkeeper Kepa gifted Sadio Mane a second goal with a terrible mistake in Liverpool's 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge last Sunday and looks set to be on his way out of the London club.

Caballero came into the side for the 6-0 EFL rout of Barnsley in midweek and retains his place, with Kepa on the bench.

The signing of Edouard Mendy, who is not ready to start, from Rennes on Thursday made it clear that Kepa does not appear to be in Frank Lampard's plans, with reports he could be set for a loan move.

Silva made his Blues bow against Barnsley and will play in the English top flight for the first time in place of Kurt Zouma - who is not among the substitutes - at the Hawthorns, where he will lead Lampard's side

Jorginho drops to the bench, while striker Tammy Abraham also comes into the side.

Edouard Mendy is not in contention to start for Chelsea against West Brom on Saturday, Frank Lampard has confirmed.

Chelsea this week paid a reported £22million to sign goalkeeper Mendy from Ligue 1 side Rennes.

The 28-year-old is expected to take over from Kepa Arrizabalaga, who the Blues made the most expensive keeper in the world when they signed him from Athletic Bilbao for £71.6m in August 2018.

Kepa has made two errors leading to goals in as many Premier League appearances this season, though, but will not be displaced just yet.

"To start tomorrow is not going to happen," Lampard said when asked if Mendy was in contention to start at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

"He's had a long week where he hasn't really trained, flew in yesterday and it just feels like too tight of a turnaround to put him in contention to start the game."

Asked if he had spoken to Kepa since Mendy's arrival was confirmed, Lampard replied: "I haven't spoken to Kepa since then no. The announcement came and we trained and I didn't see Kepa, but I will have a conversation with him and Willy Caballero over the next 24 hours or so.

"I have a very open line of communication with both of them. It's important as goalkeepers, they have their own small union in the training ground because of the nature of the way they work together.

"It needs to be a very positive feeling between the goalkeepers and I'm sure there will be. There's good competition there now, we know that and it's how we move forward."

Chelsea also secured deals for Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Ben Chilwell prior to the 2020-21 season.

Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho have consequently been linked with exits from Stamford Bridge, but Lampard was giving nothing away on their futures.

"I don't expect anything in the window, because they're our players and that's a fact. There are lots of rumours about them and others," said the Chelsea boss.

"Every player will always be a case-by-case solution, that would be a happy solution for the player, the club and myself. Yes, we have a big squad, we know that, but at the moment players remain ours and we'll see as it goes on."

Lampard was similarly guarded when questioned on whether Declan Rice could be bought from West Ham before the transfer deadline on October 5.

"Again, they're rumours. I can't talk about these things but I know it's your job to ask," he said.

"When players are ours it's not my position to speculate on what may be because that's not my job, and the same on the other side with players that are playing for other clubs.

"We have a game against West Brom. My biggest thing is about getting the squad ready for that game."

Chelsea have nothing to regret after going down 7-1 on aggregate to Bayern Munich, according to goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

Robert Lewandowski scored twice and set up goals for Ivan Perisic and Corentin Tolisso as Bayern ran out 4-1 winners in Saturday's Champions League last-16 second leg at the Allianz Arena, adding to their 3-0 triumph in the reverse fixture.

It was the first time Chelsea have conceded seven goals in a two-legged European tie but Caballero, who gave away an early penalty in the one-sided match, insists there is no shame in being second best to Bayern.

"A few things went wrong," he told BT Sport. "We arrived here with a difficult score from the first game. But we conceded the penalty and it was a little bit difficult. 

"We showed good character to play the game and then they showed more quality in our box, so they deserve to be in the next round.

"We played a proper tournament in the Premier League and are in the Champions League [next season], which is good for the team. There's nothing to regret today."

Caballero started Chelsea's final three matches of the season after head coach Frank Lampard took the decision to drop the world's most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

And the Argentinian, who made 14 appearances in total this season, has indicated that he intends to remain at Stamford Bridge for another campaign.

"I have a contract for one more year," he said. "I'm really happy to play in this shirt and I would like to keep playing. 

"I became the first choice and we will see what happens in the future. I will work hard to have this opportunity again."

N'Golo Kante and Willian are in contention for Chelsea's FA Cup final clash with Arsenal on Saturday, though Frank Lampard refused to be drawn on who will start in goal.

France international Kante has endured a frustrating season for the Blues, with numerous injury issues and fitness problems putting him on the sidelines.

The latest was a hamstring issue suffered early this month and he has not featured since, only returning to training prior to the final Premier League game of the season.

But the midfielder is in the squad for Saturday's showdown at Wembley, while Willian – absent from the win over Wolves last weekend with an unspecified problem – could also be involved.

Lampard did not have such good news regarding Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who will not feature.

"Yes, N'Golo Kante and Willian are in the squad," Lampard said in Friday's pre-match news conference. "We will see if they're fit enough to be involved.

"But Ruben Loftus-Cheek has picked up a small problem and is out of the game."

Brazilian winger Willian has enjoyed a prominent season at Stamford Bridge, racking up nine goals and seven assists in the league and arguably rediscovering his best form despite uncertainty over his future.

The 31-year-old, whose current deal is set to expire at the end of the season, has reportedly rejected a new two-year contract at the club because he wants an extra season on top of that.

Since football resumed in June, Willian has scored three goals and set up another two and his attitude has not surprised Lampard.

When asked if he expected Willian's professionalism despite a somewhat awkward situation, Lampard said: "Yes, I've known Willian for many years as a player and I have coached him.

"If anyone wants to know the mentality of him, then that has been shown since restart. He has given everything. I would expect nothing less than he's shown already."

Where Lampard seemed most uncertain in terms of team selection ahead of Saturday was in goal – Kepa Arrizabalaga is the usual first-choice, but his form has been underwhelming, with Willy Caballero replacing the Spaniard against Wolves and a regular in cup competitions.

"It's difficult because we have competition in the squad," Lampard said. "I have changed it at times, we consider the games as we go – [for] big games, it becomes more difficult.

"I know how much players want to be in these games, but people off the bench have made a huge difference in recent games.

"It [leaving players out for a final] is difficult for me, difficult [for the players] to take, but players have to be positive."

Lampard and his counterpart Mikel Arteta will be aiming to win the first piece of silverware in their managerial careers on Saturday.

Willy Caballero has been selected ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga to start Chelsea's crunch Premier League clash with Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues need one point to be sure of Champions League football next season, with third-placed Manchester United and fifth-placed Leicester City playing each other.

Frank Lampard has opted for a change in goal, however, with regular understudy Caballero preferred to Kepa.

The Spain international's performances have come in for frequent scrutiny this season and he endured a torrid outing during the 5-3 midweek defeat at champions Liverpool.

"Just a choice, Kepa's had some difficult times so I am playing Willy," Lampard told Sky Sports.

Kepa has made 33 Premier League appearances this season, having been previously dropped to the bench for a run of four league matches in February, when Caballero was preferred.

The 38-year-old Argentina international failed to keep a clean sheet during that period and has not featured in the Premier League since, although he has played four of Chelsea's five games en route to the FA Cup final.

Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero has extended his contract with the club by a further year.

Caballero's contract had been due to expire at the end of the current campaign, which remains suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But the club exercised the option to extend the deal, keeping him at Stamford Bridge for what will be a fourth season.

He told Chelsea's official website: "I am very happy to make this announcement. It is a privilege to be part of this Chelsea squad and the Chelsea family, at one of the most historic clubs in the Premier League.

"It is a difficult time for everyone right now so I feel blessed by this opportunity and truly appreciate it.

"I want to thank my team-mates for helping me to be my best and I want to thank the boss and the club for extending my contract.

"I'm sure they will continue to demand the maximum from me and I will compete with the same energy as always. I am very happy."

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard added: "I trust in Willy, he trains brilliantly and is a great professional.

"He stepped into the team earlier this year and showed his quality, and his experience is invaluable in the dressing room. I'm delighted he will be with us next season."

Caballero, who joined from Manchester City in 2017, has won the FA Cup and Europa League in his time with the Blues.

As deputy to Kepa Arrizabalaga, Caballero has made nine appearances for Chelsea this term.

Frank Lampard has been pleased with Kepa Arrizabalaga's reaction to being dropped, but Chelsea's head coach has refused to confirm whether the world's most expensive goalkeeper will return to the starting XI for Monday's home game against Manchester United.

Kepa - a £71.6million signing from Athletic Bilbao in 2018 - was surprisingly left out for the trip to Leicester City a fortnight ago, with the veteran Willy Caballero handed a rare Premier League start for a game that finished 2-2.

Asked whether his usual number one would return against United, a smiling Lampard told a news conference. "I've decided. You'll find out [on Monday]."

He added: "The reaction has been good, as I'd expect. [He has been] training hard, head down. I haven't had lots of conversations with him this week and it'll be a decision for me to make."

When it was suggested he may have been looking to give Kepa a "wake-up call", Lampard replied: "I wouldn't say that. I wasn't looking for that necessarily. I think I spoke around the Leicester game and said that I have to pick the team as I see it on form in every position, so it was just a selection on that day.

"Now I know with goalkeepers there's a bit more to it than that. We know it's a slightly different role than everybody else. But I want everybody's reaction all the time to be spot on and he came out the team, I know what that means, I know how that will feel for him.

"Every player has it, maybe [Lionel] Messi is the only one who doesn't, or [Cristiano] Ronaldo, but the rest of us do. And I had it in my career many a time, it's part and parcel of being a footballer and you have to show character in those little moments.

"I've been pleased with the reaction."

Lampard confirmed Christian Pulisic and long-term absentee Ruben Loftus-Cheek will not be fit to face United, while Tammy Abraham's availability remains unclear.

"Tammy is still feeling the effects [of a recent injury], to be honest," he explained. "We've had to take him out of training a couple of days this week. He trained today [Friday], so we're hopeful, but he will be assessed over the weekend.

Frank Lampard felt Willy Caballero had no chance with either of Leicester City's goals as Chelsea earned a "well-fought" away point at one of their top-four rivals.

Having started the FA Cup tie at Hull City the previous weekend, goalkeeper Caballero surprisingly kept his place - picked ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga - for the Premier League trip to the King Power Stadium.

Lampard explained prior to kick-off that he had not taken the decision lightly to leave out the world's most expensive goalkeeper, with Kepa having come in for criticism after the 2-2 home draw with Arsenal last month.

While Caballero conceded twice in his first league outing since May 2019, Lampard felt there was little he could do with either strike, particularly the first as Harvey Barnes' drive was deflected beyond him.

"I thought his performance was pretty good, he makes a good save and was comfortable with his feet," Lampard told BT Sport.

"I was right behind the Harvey Barnes goal and it was typical, the deflection and instantly it was in. There was not much he could do with either goal, so I'm pleased."

Antonio Rudiger scored both goals for Chelsea, the defender twice heading home set-piece deliveries from Mason Mount.

Lampard revealed they had been working hard to improve in dead-ball situations and was happy enough with the final outcome, even if they missed out on the opportunity to close the gap to Leicester.

"I think a fair point, on play," the former England international said in his post-match media conference.

"The first half I think we were the better team. I know they had some good chances, we gifted them a few, but I think our work off the ball and some of it on it was good. To play with that personality.

"But that second half they had the opportunity of course late in the game. I think it evened itself out. I am pleased with a point."

On Rudiger, Lampard added: "He brings an aggression and a presence in everything that he does, which is good because we have young players in that area as well.

"I was delighted with his two goals, we need to score more from set-pieces, particularly in these games against good opposition where it is tight. I am really pleased with Toni."

Kepa Arrizabalaga was left out of Chelsea's starting line-up for the Premier League fixture away at Leicester City.

The Spanish goalkeeper was in the XI for the Blues' last league outing - a 2-2 home draw with Arsenal - but was on the bench for the FA Cup trip to Hull City, with Willy Caballero selected for the 2-1 triumph in the fourth-round tie.

However, while Kepa was expected to come back in to face the Foxes, head coach Frank Lampard opted instead to retain Caballero.

Lampard confirmed ahead of kick-off at the King Power Stadium that it had not been easy to leave out the most expensive keeper in the world, revealing it was a "decision for today".

"With goalkeepers it is a decision you don't take lightly and you have to look at what it means," he told the club's official website.

"They are very close and they work hard together each day but it is one I felt I would make for this game and I trust in Willy, he trains brilliantly and is a great professional. I trust in them both but it is a decision for today."

Frank Lampard has urged Kepa Arrizabalaga to "go back to basics" and has assured the under-fire goalkeeper Chelsea are not looking to bring in a replacement this month.

Kepa was criticised for his slow reactions in the 1-0 loss to Newcastle United and 2-2 draw with Arsenal, the Gunners scoring twice from their only two shots on target.

The Spain international has the lowest save percentage of any goalkeeper in the Premier League and Lampard admitted the 25-year-old has to sharpen up.

"He will have to deal with the pressure. That is what football is," Lampard said a news conference previewing Chelsea's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Hull City. "Every player, no matter great you are in your career, the best, the absolute best of all time, will get criticised and you have to deal with it. 

"There is maybe slightly more spotlight on goalkeepers, but it is a similar thing, really. I think the important thing for that is not to get too embroiled in what is said on the outside and look at your own game. 

"It is always the basics, how hard can I work. This is not just Kepa, any player. If you feel in a lack of form, fight to get it back. Go back to basics.

"I think with Kepa he knows – he'll be honest that there have been some mistakes that have cost us goals. It is the nature of it, so that needs to improve."

Willy Caballero has started all three domestic cup games for Chelsea this season and will return against Hull.

Burnley's Nick Pope has been strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but Lampard is not looking to bring in another keeper in the closing stages of the window.

"I am not looking at it now. I am not affected by criticism from the outside as much," he said. "I am aware of it, not affected by it."

Chelsea beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in round three of the FA Cup and face another Championship side in Hull this weekend.

Lampard won the competition four times as a player and is targeting another run in his debut managerial campaign at Stamford Bridge.

"We just want to win it. We respect the FA Cup. I do, the players do and this club has been fortunate to win it a number of times in the modern era," he said.

"I don't think we evaluate it like what's the best chance of us with top four and is it more important than the FA Cup.

"People will argue that but I don't need to get into that battle. We are professionals so can we win the game and get to the next round."

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