Edouard Mendy made his 50th appearance for Chelsea in Tuesday nights Champions League fixture. The Senegal international signed for the Blues in August 2020 from Rennes, penning a five-year contract. Like most of the previous 49 appearances before Tuesday’s match, Mendy was reliable and ready to help when asked questions.
The worry for me now is if Mendy does get an injury how will the team get on?
Chelsea started the defence of the Champions League trophy, under the lights at Stamford Bridge against Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg. The match started off with a firework show but the match took a little longer to get into the swing of things on the football side.
The first half passed by without much to talk about. The first shot on target came in the 38th minute when Zenit a shot from outside the box went straight into the reliable Mendy hands. He had to wait for half an hour to be tested again with a shot, coming in the 68th minute. The same outcome as the first shot but from the other side of the edge of the box and caught both shots in his hands.
His last real test of the game came in the 79th minute when a low pass across the goal was contested with a Mendy diving out and a Zenit player sliding on the floor. The ball went wide, Mendy taking a kick to the hip in the process.
The 29-year-old shot-stopper kept his 29th clean sheet for Chelsea – in his milestone 50th match.
The worry for me is an ongoing problem seemingly with his hip. It’s not the first time he’s had treatment on the pitch for it in a game since arriving. In the warmup before kick-off on Tuesday night, he complained of pain in the hip and had Chelsea medics look at it and in-game got clattered – complaining about the same area of his body.
This is likely to be something we need to keep an eye on but hopefully, it’s just a case of bruising that needs time to heal but the fact he keeps complaining about it is getting me a little anxious to live without Mendy in the sticks.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has done well under Thomas Tuchel at times but he doesn’t give me the confidence and I’m not as relaxed as I am with Mendy in goal. I don’t feel the defence is as assured as a back three or five when the goalkeepers change.
Since arriving in August last year he’s been a huge presence claiming crosses and saving shots. To me, he’s given the defence more confidence going into matches and that, in turn, has also made fans relaxed when he’s in the goal that if a chance for the opponents does come in a game he will be more than up for the challenge of saving it.
If Mendy keeps up this form in the next 50 appearances for Chelsea then we will have probably added more trophies to his collection to go with his Champions League, Super Cup and Goalkeeper of the Year awards.
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