Chelsea manager Frank Lampard today held a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s EFL Cup game against Barnsley.
Frank Lampard talked about Mendy’s medical and his imminent announcement along with an update on Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell.
On Mendy, Lampard said: ‘He’s having a medical as we speak,’ said Lampard at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday afternoon. ‘Subject to that being okay later on, he will become our player at that point.
‘As far as I’m aware, as long as he passes his tests before he travels, he will be tested with us on Thursday collectively as a team and if that is negative then he will be available to play.’
‘With Mendy coming in, it’s more competition so every reaction will have to be positive around that for Kepa and for Mendy to push to try and play in this team,’ he explained.
‘We know the standards that are required of a goal keeper in this team and we have to push for that.
‘Petr was important in that because goalkeeper is a very particular position and he was the best in the world at that position for a long time so he’s certainly had a big say in this situation from my point of view. I lean heavily on him when it comes to the goalkeepers day-to-day and planning for the future so he was very influential.’
On whether Silva and Chilwell are fit: ‘Thiago Silva is in the squad for tomorrow, He’s getting fit so I’ll make a decision on how many minutes he may get during the game depending on what’s best for him.
‘Ben Chilwell is also in the squad, while Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech are getting closer as well.’
On if Caballero will start in goal against Barnsley: ‘The decision on Willy Caballero was made before Liverpool and it was a decision I made a lot in cup competitions last year. Willy trains brilliantly throughout the year and deserves these opportunities.’