Tuchel on Atletico’s tactical approach, Kepa’s Spanish squad disappointment and new contracts for defensive trio

Spanish opposition arrive in west London in the same week that Luis Enrique named his latest national team squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, with Kepa Arrizabalaga omitted from the group.

Tuchel acknowledged that the goalkeeper would be frustrated but insisted he was working well and doing the right things to win back favour for both club and country.

‘I’m pretty sure for Kepa that it’s a disappointment not to be selected right now but he is our player and it does not influence how we work with him, how we trust him and how we keep on going,’ explained Tuchel.

‘Would it be easier if he plays on a regular basis? Clearly yes but it’s not about personal objectives, it’s about Chelsea. Edou [Mendy] is the number one and he [Kepa] is the competitor for that so he has to be ready and I can only say he is doing exactly that. He is 100 per cent reliable, a top guy, top goalkeeper with top performances in training together with Willy Caballero.

‘Can we influence the decision of the Spanish national coach? No, we cannot. Everything he can do is focus and be ready. This is what he is doing and it’s why I’m super happy with him.’

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