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Daily Schmankerl: Chelsea drop Kepa from the team, a Thiago masterclass, Nagelsmann vs Ginter, and more!

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Slim pickings for today’s Schmankerl, but the highlight is that Kepa Arrizabalaga has been dropped by Frank Lampard.

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Chelsea drop Kepa Arrizabalaga from the lineup (football.london)

In a surprising turn of events, Chelsea coach Frank Lampard has decided to drop under-performing goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from the lineup. The Spaniard, who took the crown of “most expensive goalkeeper in the world” during his 80m euro transfer from Athletic Bilbao, has had a nightmare of a season thus far. Willy Caballero played 90 minutes as the Blues scraped a draw against Leicester.

“It’s a decision I’ve made and with goalkeepers, it’s a decision I don’t take lightly,” Lampard told BT Sport ahead of kick-off at the King Power Stadium.

”You have to look at what it means because they’re very close and they work hard together each day. It’s just one I felt to make for this game.

It will be interesting to see how Chelsea’s keeper situation develops in the coming weeks. With Bayern Munich set to face them at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League this month, we hope that the keeper dysfunction in London continues for a little bit longer.

Thiago so fine

This dribble and goal by Thiago, as he eludes five defenders and fires past the keeper, was just exquisite. Easily one of the finest goals this season.

... in more ways than one

Julian Nagelsmann and Matze Ginter get into it

“Zoff,” amusingly left in the tweet above as if English-speakers knew the word, is roughly a “tiff” or “trouble.” At any rate, Julian Nagelsmann got into it with Mönchengladbach’s Matthias Ginter after RB Leipzig rallied to part ways with a draw and a point. Nagelsmann allegedly called Ginter a “Vollidiot,” a “total idiot.” He said at the press conference afterward that Ginter claimed Nagelsmann had “body-checked” him when he walked by to shake hands with the officials. As if he didn’t see that Ginter was coming!

Jadon Sancho inspires greatness

Queer eye for the soccer guy? Wowzers, Mono...