Pushing down on me. Pushing down on you. No man ask for! It puts people on streets! These are the days it never rains, but it pours, right, Kepa?
“Well he will have to deal with [being under pressure]. That is what football is, every player no matter great you are in your career, the best, the absolute best of all time will get criticised and you have to deal with it. Goalkeepers maybe slightly more spotlight on them, but it is a similar thing, really.
Or as the stolen bass-line said, you just gotta have ice ice, baby ... in your veins.
“I think the important thing for that is not to get too embroiled in what is said on the outside and look at your own game. It is always the basics, how hard can I work. This is not just Kepa, any player. If you feel in a lack of form, fight to get it back. Go back to basics.”
“[Kepa] will be honest that there have been some mistakes that have cost us goals. It is the nature of it, so that needs to improve.”
-Frank Lampard; source: Football.London
So while Lampard admits that he’s well aware of the angry mob outside of Kepa’s (poorly defended) gates, he’s not going to do anything too reactionary, like hang him out to dry as the sacrificial lamb. Certainly not at the moment.
Depending on how the rest of the season unfolds, we’ll probably revisit this situation in the summer. Until then, the best we can do is to support the team in all the players’ efforts to improve.