Chelsea news: Chelsea edged a 1-0 victory in the Premier League on Saturday night against Brentford to return to the top of the table. A first half goal from left back Ben Chilwell was enough to see the Blues claim all three points.
However, the heroics in the game came from Chelsea shotstopper Eduoard Mendy who was on fire in the match. The Senegalese international made some incredible saves to keep Chelsea in the match and finally to the win.
Thomas Tuchel will be extremely grateful to his goalkeeper for saving the game. One of the best saves from Mendy came in the dying minutes as he tipped a brilliant effort from Norgaad over the bar.
Moreover, he also saved a close range shot from Janssen with his face. Although Ben Chilwell might have scored the goal, Eduoard Mendy was definitely the man of the match for Chelsea.
“Ed was absolutely decisive to escape with a clean sheet,” Tuchel said. He was very strong and very concentrated in the build-up play. Very good performance and of course the last 20 minutes, the match turned into a cup game.”
“They took a lot of risks and put a lot of bodies into our box. We could not keep them away from shooting and having the big chances.”
Chelsea news: Eduoard Mendy following in the footsteps of Petr Cech
With his tremendous form, Eduoard Mendy also managed to achieve a significant landmark. He becomes the fifth fastest goalkeeper in the league to reach 20 clean sheets.
This, he has managed to achieve in just 38 matches which is the exact equivalent of an entire season. Liverpool goalkeepers Pepe Reina and Allison are ahead of him with 32 and 36 matches respectively along with Roy Carrol at 37.
But the man at the top of the list is none other than Chelsea legend Petr Cech who has achieved the record in just 26 matches. Cech is the man behind bringing in Eduoard Mendy from Rennes- a transfer which he underwent as well back in 2004.
However, Eduoard Mendy’s fantastic performances don’t surprise one former Chelsea player. Frank Leboeuf had predicted it long ago that Eduoard Mendy would shine at Chelsea given his reputation at Rennes.
“He had a very good season at Rennes, I am very confident that he can do the job much better than Kepa and even [Willy] Caballero,” he had said in 2020. “I don’t know if there is another goalkeeper that Chelsea could find, but for that amount of money it’s a bargain to have Mendy.”
“He’s a tall goalkeeper, very agile and I’m sure he’s going to do the job. But Kepa cannot do the job anymore, it’s over.”