Chelsea fans have questioned Thomas Tuchel’s decision to start Edouard Mendy for their match against Everton on Sunday in the Premier League.
The Senegalese keeper won the UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year award for his hugely impressive debut campaign last year with the Blues.
The 30-year-old may not have hit season highs this time around with shaky performances in the Chelsea goal.
His performance against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final at Stamford Bridge was unconvincing.
Mendy erred during the game, handing Karim Benzema a vital goal.
Mendy starts in goal against an Everton side who are in dire need of goals and vital points as they battle against the huge risk of relegation.
Many Blues fans wanted to see Kepa Arrizabalaga come into the team and expressed their frustration with Mendy’s selection on Twitter:
Everton must replicate their Merseyside Derby performance against Chelsea
It was perhaps the best performance under Frank Lampard since taking over as the Toffees showed glimpses of a fight against Liverpool on April 24 at Anfield.
They would eventually be undone by the Reds’ hugely impressive attack in the second half, but Everton were admirable in their defensive display.
Thus, the Toffees will be well advised to do the same against Thomas Tuchel’s men who possess a similar style of possession to that of Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Frank Lampard needs points thick and fast and although they have two games in hand against Leeds United in the Premier League table, their situation is worrying.
This is because their run-in has some tough encounters for Everton to try and get points on the board.
As well as hosting Chelsea at Goodison Park, Lampard’s men face a tricky side from Leicester City.
They are also battling against an impressive Crystal Palace side and in the final game of the season, Lampard’s side travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal.
The Gunners are embroiled in a top-four race and as a result this game could have implications for both the top and bottom half of the table.
Everton face Chelsea who have to put the pressure on from the start. If they score a goal, it could be a long day for the Toffees.
If the Toffees are relegated at the end of the season, it will be the first time in their history.