With the halfway point of the season now passed, Kepa Arrizabalaga has assessed the current state of play for the Blues and identified a couple of key areas which can be improved upon.

Today we welcome Burnley to the Bridge looking to end a run of two straight home league losses. The fixture precedes games against Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Bayern Munich in SW6 in the next few weeks, and the significance of making Stamford Bridge a fortress again is not lost on the Spanish keeper.

‘We need to do a step better playing at home, because we have lost very important points there,’ Kepa stresses.

‘We have in front of us very important and very special games, so we need to improve. We need to come back a little bit to the start of the season, to change something to get points.

‘We also need to do better in the defensive phase. We need to concede less goals in the second half of the season, and maybe score more goals at home than we have in the last games.’

If we can achieve those twin targets today then the three points will be ours, and our place in the Premier League’s top four further established ahead of a mouthwatering set of fixtures, which includes derbies at home to the north London pair we recently beat on our travels.

Results such as those inform Kepa’s opinion when it comes to his verdict on 2019/20 to this point. That there is still so much room for improvement can only bode well.

‘The season has been good,’ the 25-year-old says. ‘It could have been better, of course. We had some up and downs during the season, but we are in Champions League, we are in FA Cup in the fourth round, and we are still fourth in the table.

‘We know we lost important players last season, like Eden, and that’s not easy. Young players have come in the team, but okay, age is only a number.

‘We need to keep some targets in mind and we are working for that. We need to keep doing better, but I think we are in a good position at the moment.’

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