Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalga aimed a sly dig at Frank Lampard after keeping a clean sheet for Spain against Portugal on Wednesday night. Arrizabalaga started for Spain and put in a solid performance.
Arrizabalaga had a good game on Wednesday as Spain drew with Portugal.
The 25-year-old was started ahead of David de Gea and Unai Simon.
The Chelsea ace made some key saves throughout the game, and was helped by the woodwork after Portugal twice saw shots crash off the bar.
He then made a crucial stop to deny Francisco Trincao late in the game after a fluid Portugal counter-attack as Spain saw out the game to a goalless draw.
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Despite his impressive performance, Arrizabalaga isn’t expected to start when Chelsea’s Premier League season resumes against Southampton next weekend.
He has fallen out of favour under Lampard this year, and was replaced by Edouard Mendy when the Blues forked out £22million on him this summer.
And speaking after keeping a clean sheet against Portugal, Arrizabalaga appeared to deliver a sly dig at Lampard.
He explained that he feels more confident in his abilities when playing for a coach who shares the same confidence in him.
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Arrizabalaga said: “I’ve felt confidence, at ease [with the national side].
“I think it was a good game and I’m happy with the confidence of the coach.
“When I’m needed to help on the pitch, I try to do the best possible.
“It was a game of great intensity.
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“[We had] more control in the first half.
“In the second, we found it more difficult to control Portugal’s transitions. It was a good test.
“We have to be happy. We stood up today.
“We have to improve because we conceded a few clear chances, which you can pay for in a tournament.”
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