Thomas Tuchel tells why Kepa deserves a start this weekend.
The Spaniard played in every round of the Carabao Cup so far this season and also played in the Club World Cup semi-final in the absence of Eduoard Mendy who went on to play the final.
Manager Thomas Tuchel believes Kepa deserves a start but admits that he would leave sentiment out of his decision.
“This is very easy to say: Kepa absolutely deserves to play and I also cannot get sentimental about it,” said Tuchel.
“I have to do what in the end is in my opinion the very best solution for the team.
“I know that this position is a very sensitive position. If Kepa was a player in the other 10 positions we would not have these discussions, we would just be full of praise, and he would feel that praise in minutes on the pitch.
“So now he is in this one position where you don’t make a lot of changes.
“But still he would absolutely deserve it and at the same time I will not be sentimental about the position.”
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