Chelsea keeper coach Hilario defended over No.1 Kepa’s dodgy form this season

Chelsea 's goalkeeping union have come together to defend the club's No. 1 shot stopper and their senior goalkeeping coach.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has been criticised by certain corners this term with several errors undermining the Blues' progress.

Hiliario, who has previously played in goal for Chelsea and is now Kepa's coach, has also copped a fair bit of flack with some suggesting Kepa's struggles are as a result of poor training.

The 44-year-old was promoted in the summer when the Blues chose to recruit internally to replace Massimo Nenci, who followed Maurizio Sarri to Juventus.

But Mark Schwarzer, who spent two years at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho, insists Hilario is the ideal man to be teaching Chelsea's current crop.

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“Hilario has been at Chelsea for a long time, so he knows the club inside out,” he told the Athletic .

“I think he’s in a really good position to pass on a lot of knowledge.

“I know how the system works at Chelsea. Christophe Lollichon is in the background as well — very much involved in goalkeeper recruitment and scouting.

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"Hilario worked under Christophe for a long time, so I think they’ve got a good system in place. It’s more about Kepa himself adjusting to the Premier League and finding some consistency.”

Chelsea kept just their second clean sheet in 10 Premier League games when they saw off Burnley on Saturday.

This season, Frank Lampard has seen his side ship 29 times in 22 games and also struggled to keep clean sheets in the Champions League.

Their attacking prowess has been a major plus despite their transfer ban in the summer, but a leaky defence has been highlighted as a flaw.

Lampard has been linked with a new left-back, among many things, but it looks as if his primary concern this month is a striker.

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