Chelsea’s robust defense has helped Edouard Mendy get off to a positive start in England, says Rob Green, after a £ 22 million goalkeeper kept seven clean sheets in his first nine games for the club.
- Edouard Mendy has kept seven clean sheets in his first nine Chelsea appearances
- The international goalkeeper from Senegal signed for the Blues from Rennes in September
- Frank Lampard’s silk has looked a lot tighter on the back in recent weeks
- Former Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green says a strong defense helped Mendy establish himself
- Lampard praised Mendy before returning to the old club in the Champions League
Edouard Mendy’s positive start at Chelsea can be explained by their collective defensive improvement, according to former Blues goalkeeper Rob Green.
Mendy, who signed for £ 22m with Rennes in September, has kept a clean sheet seven times so far in his nine appearances for the club.
He has received praise from manager Frank Lampard, but Green believes the players deserve their share of credit for him too.
Mendy has made a strong start at Chelsea with seven out in nine games
The Senegalese goalkeeper is praised by his manager Frank Lampard for his strong performance
“In five games he has made seven saves, so that shows how well Chelsea has ranked,” Green said Sky Sports.
‘When you look at it, Thiago Silva and Reece James clearly played a lot and there is [Cesar] Azpilicueta and Kurt Zouma.
‘They have continuity in their defenders and when you have that continuity in a club, the ability to communicate is key.
Thiago Silva was there with his sense of positioning, his ability to pull people around and get them in the positions he wants.
In the game against West Brom where he had his briefs and the team looked open and naked, there is one that really brought them together.
mendy punches fists with Antonio Rudiger during Chelsea’s weekend win at Newcastle United
Ex-Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green says the strong defense helped Mendy settle in England
Tuesday Rennes (A) CL
Sunday Tottenham (H) PL
December 2 Seville (A) CL
5th of December Leeds United (H) PL
December 8th Krasnodar (H) CL
12 December Everton (A) PL
‘The confidence is there. The defense has confidence in the attack on Chelsea, that the boys will score goals in the front.
‘They can think a little more conservatively about it. Look at Ben Chilwell, he’s up there every week to get goals, give assists, and wreak havoc in the other area.
‘With the goalkeeper [Mendy], I think he looked confident. Playing from behind is something that can be worked on, but they managed to change the playing style a bit and they really liked it.
“They have undergone major tests in the future, but so far they are flying.”
Mendy kept a clean sheet in Chelsea’s Champions League victory 3-0 over his former club Rennes at the start of the month and was able to face them in the return game in France on Tuesday evening.
He will confidently enter the game after conceding just once in seven games.
And Mendy was praised by Lampard ahead of Tuesday’s game.
‘I am very satisfied. It’s not easy and he made it look easy, which is the hard part, ‘he told Chelsea TV.
‘If you come from a different league, there are of course differences in the Premier League – the physical nature, the speed of the competition – and I think it’s unique in those terms.
Mendy dives to save during Chelsea’s goalless draw against Manchester United
For a goalkeeper who is so in the spotlight and who has to face these differences and establish relationships with the team around him, he did it very seamlessly.
‘He’s settled off the field and is performing on the field, you couldn’t ask for more, and he does it with a smile on his face and a great attitude.
‘So I am very satisfied. It’s a good start for him in a Chelsea shirt. May it take a long time. ‘