How shortly issues can change! Edouard Mendy (30) is aware of this effectively, he who rubbed shoulders with the Division of Honor and unemployment to a victory within the Champions League in simply 6 years. Topped finest goalkeeper of the season by UEFA and winner of the goalkeeper of the 12 months trophy by FIFA a 12 months in the past, the Senegalese has since lifted the African Cup of Nations. Final Monday, he once more completed 4th within the Lev Yachine trophy gained by Thibaut Courtois. But final night time the 2020 Champions League winner as soon as once more sat on the Chelsea bench and watched Kepa Arrizabalaga shine within the nets on the Brentford garden. It’s even a bit of due to the Spaniard that the Blues have introduced again some extent (0-0).
If Raya within the aim reverse saved his workforce on the finish of the match, Kepa (28 years previous) had saved his folks afloat by making 5 saves. Lining of Mendy all through the reign of Thomas Tuchel, the previous Athletic finds the sunshine. He can thank Graham Potter, who prefers him to Mendy since his arrival on the Blues bench. “I used to be actually impressed along with his character and his persona. He takes accountability and it’s good when these sort of individuals are rewarded for his or her efforts., defined the coach earlier than the assembly on Wednesday night. For the second, this selection proves him proper for the reason that Basque is 5 video games in a row in all competitions with out taking a aim (8 video games performed in whole).
Potter prefers Kepa to Mendy
In opposition to Aston Villa this weekend already (2-0 victory), Kepa Arrizabalaga had carried out some miracles, particularly a decisive triple save when the rating was solely 1-0 in favor of the Blues, confirming Potter’s resolution. “It’s higher to let soccer resolve. Kepa has executed very effectively to this point and he has been supported fantastically by Edu (Mendy). Kepa’s return to kind is basically excellent news for everybody. It’s good that we’ve competitors on this place, we want gamers to push one another as a result of that’s how they enhance. » If Chelsea have regained their defensive solidity partially due to the efficiency of their new beginning goalkeeper, for Mendy this resolution comes on the worst of occasions.
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The Senegalese worldwide (25 choices) should depart for the World Cup in a month in Qatar. He hasn’t performed since September 3 and was going by an enormous interval of doubt. Impeccable since his switch to Chelsea in the summertime of 2020, he lived an actual fairy story, earlier than descending from his pedestal so shortly. The fault of a defective foot sport final spring within the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League in opposition to Actual Madrid. That day, his mistake allowed Benzema to attain the 3-1 aim. In the beginning of the season on the third day of the Premier League, and nonetheless missing in confidence, he dedicated the identical sort of dumpling in opposition to Leeds, for a heavy 3-0 defeat.
A downgrade a number of weeks earlier than the World Cup
Thomas Tuchel had already taken the lead by aligning Kepa in his final match at Dinamo Zagreb in C1. The brand new defeat in Croatia will signal the dismissal of the German technician however not the tip of worries for Mendy. To make issues worse, the previous Rémois was barely injured, lacking the final worldwide assembly earlier than the World Cup, and above all, giving strategy to his direct competitor, who noticed there an surprising alternative to bounce again. Mendy’s downgrade additionally means the Spaniard’s sudden and surprising return to the fore. Transferred for 80 M€ in 2018, he by no means gave satisfaction to Chelsea, too not often decisive. Additionally criticized by followers who by no means trusted him, it seems to be like his 5th season on the membership is the correct one. To the nice displeasure of Édouard Mendy.