Chelsea May Have Won 7-0 On Saturday But That Did Not Stop Edouard Mendy From Impressing In Goal
He was the hero as the Blues edged past Brentford last weekend, making a string of excellent saves to maintain the 1-0 lead, but Norwich did not pose a similar threat.
Mason Mount scored a brilliant hat-trick while Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi were also on target at Stamford Bridge as Thomas Tuchel’s side won 7-0. A day-off for Mendy, near enough.
The Senegal star was forced into just one save at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but it was one he thoroughly enjoyed, pulling out a celebration similar to those from the goalscorers at the other end.
As Milot Rashica was slipped through on goal in the 52nd minute in a rare foray forward for Daniel Farke’s men, Mendy rushed off his line to meet him on the edge of the penalty area.
Rashica got the crucial first touch but Mendy jockeyed the attacker impressively, forcing him wide before sliding in to block his shot.
As he got to his feet, the goalkeeper could be seen punching the air and shouting in celebration as he was congratulated by his teammates.
It is a clear demonstration of the incredible pride he takes in keeping the opposition out, even when his side boast a 5-0 lead at the time, and will only endear him to his adoring fans even more.
There was plenty of outrage among the Chelsea fans when the shortlist for the 2021 Ballon d’Or was announced and Mendy’s name was nowhere to be seen.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand made the point earlier in the week, insisting that the Chelsea shot-stopper is underrated.
Speaking on his podcast the Manchester United legend said: “I think Mendy is massively overlooked.
“His performances, the amount of clean sheets he’s had… nobody has had more clean sheets in the Premier League since Thomas Tuchel has been here.
“He’s been tremendous. Every game I’ve watched him live and every game I’ve watched on the TV, he’s done something in the game that makes me go, ‘That’s why they’ve bought him.’
“He can be quiet for the whole game and then he just pulls out that save and that’s concentration. They’re the best goalkeepers.”
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