I bet you clicked this article expecting a piece about the new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard? Well, you’re wrong, because this piece is about current goalkeeper Kepa Arizzabalaga.
The Spain international returned to pre-season training on Monday, and the fans seemed to be enthralled about the return of ‘their manager’.
— kepa Arrizabalaga (@kepa_46) July 8, 2019
The 23-year-old was famously involved in a very public spat with former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, refusing to come off when Sarri had readied substitute goalkeeper Willy Caballero in the Carabao Cup final. The spat with Sarri saw fans label Arizzabalaga, Chelsea’s ‘manager’ after he was criticised for undermining the Italian by staying on.
Here is a selection of tweets from fans after Arizzabalaga returned to pre-season training with Chelsea:
— ?????? ??. (@hzrss24) July 8, 2019
Nothing but respect for my manager pic.twitter.com/pNW3LLfVrX
— yan.???? (@ydm_99) July 8, 2019
Anyone else seeing a coach doing his work pic.twitter.com/po71mrPXZV
— F?? ????? ???? (@Fad_Hills) July 8, 2019
Gonna be a big season for you, with you being assistant manager and all that… pic.twitter.com/3zJJkB3w9H
— Managerial Mindset (@ManagerialMinds) July 8, 2019
We see you manager pic.twitter.com/z4ZMBhswoL
— Veinzell???? (@iVeinzzell) July 8, 2019
You’re the manager, Lampard is just your assistant.
— Chukwuemeka ???????? (@ChuxEkere) July 8, 2019
Did the team listen carefully to your instructions?
— Mustafa Wanc (@mustafawanc) July 8, 2019