The 28-year-old has been in goal for the last four games but in that period Edouard Mendy was out with a knee injury, so tonight’s call is a direct seal of approval for the Spanish international who lost his place to Mendy due to poor form a couple of seasons ago.
The style of play under Thomas Tuchel is likely to change now that Graham Potter is charge and that is possibly why Kepa has got the nod as the new manager continues to whip his team into shape.
The defensive line is made up of Thiago Silva, Wesley Fofana, and Kalidou Koulibaly in a three-man defence while the ever impressive Reece James and Ben Chilwell take up the right and left wing-back.
There is still no place for N’Golo Kante who is on the mend, so Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek make up the central midfielders.
Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and former Arsenal and Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang complete the front three as Chelsea go in search of their first Champions League win of the campaign.
The Blues could only manage a point at home against RB Salzburg in their last game and risk dropping to the Europa League if they are unable to get all three points against a Milan side who arrive at Stamford Bridge in fine form.
There are some familiar faces in the AC Milan team with veteran forward Olivier Giroud who spent three and half season at Stamford Bridge before moving to Italy amongst the travellers.
Fikayo Tomori who has made a good career at Milan after leaving Chelsea at a time he felt he was not given a chance to show his true potential is also in the team for tonight even though Tiémoué Bakayoko is absent.