‘Kepa will start the game,’ confirmed Tuchel. ‘He will get the chance and I hope he can show what he shows in training.
‘We did not change the goalkeeper from the first game because Edou [Mendy] has been very strong but this is an opportunity for Kepa. It’s very important for me that he does not want to over-achieve because I want him to do a normal match. He just has to show the quality that he has and give a solid performance to help the team.’
Tuchel has been happy with the Spaniard’s work since he arrived at Cobham and believes he is one of three strong goalkeepers within the group, even if it is a position that requires careful management given the inability to rotate often.
‘I feel all three goalkeepers are in a good atmosphere,’ Tuchel continued. ‘They are like competitors to each other because this is a very special position in football. It’s a decisive position and it has its own rules because if you make mistakes then everybody sees it and talks about it. You need a lot of mental strength and quality, which I can see in all the three goalkeepers.