Eduoard Mendy surprise Chelsea revelation made amid best Premier League goalkeeper talk

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he has mixed feelings about Edouard Mendy’s great form amid constant talk of the £22million being one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

Mendy 29, has enjoyed a great start to the new season following on from his major successes in the previous campaign, having been a key part of the Champions League-winning side.

With Mendy now being the talk of the town due to his impressive form, many people now regard the Senegal international as among the best in England’s top flight.

I don’t like it too much when he’s in the spotlight,” acknowledged Tuchel of his first-choice keeper to Chelsea TV

“I like it more when he gets the praise from us for one-and-a-half saves, for being concentrated, for pushing the line up high, and clearing some situations as a sweeper. If he is more or less invisible to the spectators in the stadium then I’m super happy. It means we did not allow many chances.

He’s been in the spotlight the last games and on one hand that’s not the most satisfying feeling for a coach. On the other, it is because we can rely on him. We have to accept things are not too easy at the moment. I even like these tough matches and tough moments because it sharpens our mentality.

It’s a good part of the season to struggle a little bit. It’s better than having everything in place and then suddenly in November or December not knowing what’s going on. Now we can progress and get better.”

Honing in on his goalkeeper’s form instead of the minor defensive frailties that his side have shown, the German wasted no time in heaping praise on the former Rennes goalkeeper.

 Tuchel added: “I’m super happy with him.

“He’s an outstanding guy with a fantastic personality, super humble, super calm. His development from the first day has been outstanding. He plays with so much confidence. It’s so hard to score against him in training.

Our goalkeeper coaches and the second and third goalkeepers did a fantastic job, because only if they are a top team and push each other to the limits can a number one perform like he performs. He is calm because he feels safe in his environment.

“Every top team needs a top goalkeeper, and we have one.”

And Tuchel is certainly right with his last comment, especially considering that the 29-year-old has kept 19 Premier League clean sheets so far during his time in west London.

His UEFA goalkeeper of the season award for the 2020/21 campaign has highlighted what a great coup Petr Cech and the Chelsea board pulled off in finding a stopper to replace the inconsistent Kepa Arrizabalaga as their number one in the position.

The talismanic figure will have a tough task in trying to register his 20th league clean sheet when he faces Harry Kane in the London derby between the Blues and Spurs.


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