Petr Cech says that Chelsea’s goalkeeping unit has been key to Edouard Mendy’s “outstanding” form as the keeper put on another clinic against Real Madrid.
The Blues sealed their progress to the Champions League final thanks to a 2-0 win against Real Madrid, which will see them face Manchester City in the final in Istanbul on May 29th.
Mendy was in top form in the opening period of the second leg against Real Madrid, making two fine stops from Karim Benzema as Timo Werner gave the Blues the lead heading into the break.
As Chelsea continued to waste opportunities as the game wore on, Mendy was called into action again, blocking a low effort from former Blues star Eden Hazard.
Former Chelsea keeper Cech says that there are parallels between the Blues’ run to the final this year and their successful campaign in 2012, and that strong backing from his teammates and coaches has helped Mendy to put in “outstanding” performances.
“Of course there’s always a chance and there are a few parallels from that season in 2012,” Cech told BT Sport.
“We changed the manager throughout the season and then the FA Cup came first so it gave us a bit of a boost and some confidence going into the Champions League final later, so hopefully today the team will manage to do the last step to reach the final and then hopefully we will have the chance to repeat the history.
“The whole team has been absolutely brilliant throughout the knockout stages. We already won the group and we could see the quality of the players and of the hard work, preparation.
“The reason is because we have some very experienced players together with players who are hungry to win the trophies.
“With Edouard Mendy behind, he’s been absolutely outstanding so far, so altogether it came to the point where the team is defending well and don’t give away many chances.
“It’s his first campaign in the Champions League, but he’s at a good age for a goalkeeper and the way he is, his personality, he’s very calm and he wants to be better every day.
“He works every day, it’s a key for him and I think the team around him, Willy Caballero, Kepa, they help him as well – they push him, try to make sure he’s always ready and on his toes. I think so far it’s been a great campaign from him.”
Source by Football London