Chelsea’s Mendy next to Navas in Champions League ranks

Chelsea’s Mendy next to Navas in Champions League ranks

Chelsea number one man in the post Edouard Mendy is set to hit another phenomenal record for himself and the club, which will take him head to head with Navas.

The Senegal international’s clean sheet record was
close to the feat achieved by the Costa Rican during
his spell at Real Madrid.

Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy is the second goalkeeper to earn
10 Uefa Champions League clean sheet in fewer appearances.
The Senegal international put up an incredible performance on
Tuesday night as the Blues recorded a 1-0 win over FC Zenit
Saint Petersburg at Stamford Bridge.
With the game looking destined for a goalless draw, Belgium
international Romelu Lukaku scored the decisive goal in the
69th minute thanks to an assist from Cesar Azpilicueta.
Mendy – ably protected by Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen
and Antonio Ruediger – rose to the handful of testing
opportunities created by the Blue-White-Sky Blues.
Having prevented the Russian Premier League side from
finding the net in England, the African star earned his 10th
shutout in his 13th appearance.
Only Costa Rica international Keylor Navas has attained that
mark in fewer games (11) during his spell at Spanish elite
division side Real Madrid.
The 29-year-old custodian was lured from Ligue 1 outfit
Rennes in a £22m ($31m) deal as the six-time English top-
flight kings sought to find stability between the sticks as
costly blunders had crept into Kepa Arrizabalaga’s game.
Appreciatively, he has since proven to be one of their bargain
signings, helping the Londoners win the Champions League
and the Uefa Super Cup.
In a recent chat with Goal , former Nigeria international Dele
Olorundare claimed that Chelsea’s Premier League title
ambitions rest largely on the shoulders of Mendy and not
Romelu Lukaku.
“Even when Chelsea’s backline looks shaky, Mendy showed
class to put the chestnut out of the fire. He was the reason
Arsenal did not get a goal despite numerous attempts,” said
Olorundare.
“Personally, I think he is the key man to their ambition of
emerging as Premier League and not Lukaku like many are
already saying.
“Without the Belgian, I still believe the Blues have a way of
getting the goals, but in the goalkeeping area. Even Kepa
[Arrizabalaga] cannot do the brilliant job Mendy is doing at the
moment.
“Also, I feel that he [Mendy] is not getting the accolades he
deserves. He is pure class and Chelsea are very lucky to have
him in their squad.”
Mendy is expected to be in goal when Thomas Tuchel’s men
face Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday’s Premier League outing.

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