Chelsea’s forgotten man makes brilliant start to life under new manager Graham Potter

Chelsea drop points at home in the Champions League but goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga impressed with his passing.

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has started life under new manager Graham Potter like a duck to water after impressing against Slazburg with his passing.

Kepa Arrizabalaga #1 of Chelsea clears the ball during a preseason friendly match against Club América (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Spanish goalkeeper was handed the start after Edouard Mendy who missed the game against Dinamo Zagreb had to sit out this one again due to a troubling knee injury.

The goalkeeper got an immediate thumbs up from his manager after he charged out of his line to head clear an attack from Salzburg.

The world’s most expensive goalkeeper was heavily involved with the build-up, an area of Mendy’s game that a section of the Chelsea fans think he must improve if he’s to remain number one under Potter.

Kepa Arrizabalaga was always willing to avail himself when the team were starting play which will delight his new manager who is quite keen on improving the smoothness in their play.

In the game itself, Raheem Sterling gave Chelsea the lead after a brilliant cross from Mason Mount and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should have scored but Sterling picked up the loose ball and planted into the bottom corner to give Chelsea the lead.

The goal brought the the best out of Red Bull Salzburg who then responded by crafting out a beautiful goal of their own with Noah Okafor, the man Salzburg signed to replace Erling Haaland levelling for the visitors in west London.

Chelsea then threw men forward in search of a winner and they created a handful of chances too but the finishing did not match the build up with the visitors holding on to earn a memorable point from Stamford Bridge.

Graham Potter will know that he has work to do after his first game as Chelsea manager ended in draw without magic.