Pundit Tony Cascarino has heaped reward on a Chelsea participant following his beautiful efficiency in opposition to Brentford on Saturday.
The Blues went into the match as favourites and broke the impasse simply earlier than half-time. Ben Chilwell fired a strong strike previous David Raya and into the web.
However Thomas Frank’s males didn’t lose spirit and dominated the ultimate levels of the sport. They hit the put up by Bryan Mbeumo as they hunted for an equaliser.
Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy then pulled off two world-class saves to keep up his clear sheet. He raced off his line to dam a Saman Ghoddos effort late on. Trevor Chalobah was then available to clear away the follow-up.
Mendy’s save in opposition to Pontus Jansson was even higher. The ball discovered Jansson contained in the field and the central defender fired in direction of aim. However Mendy bravely put his physique on the road and blocked together with his face.
The Senegal worldwide was named man of the match as his efforts gave Chelsea all three points.
Reacting to his efficiency, Cascarino said on talkSPORT: “Chelsea dug deep. [They] had a goalkeeper that carried out miracles and you may argue that he’s been considered one of Chelsea’s finest ever signings.
“He price £17million from Rennes, got here in and appeared to breeze into the workforce. Confirmed no indicators of issues of nerves.
“Yesterday was a day that made you suppose ‘wow’. Whoever made the choice, I think it was Petr Cech as a result of he was at Rennes as a goalkeeper and can know lots of people at that soccer membership, and was in all probability pivotal in that transfer to get him for Chelsea.”
Mendy has now managed a formidable 30 clear sheets in 54 performances for the Blues. Defenders can depend on him to make huge saves, not like his team-mate Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Spaniard was signed for £72m however struggled throughout the 2019-20 marketing campaign. His failures compelled Chelsea to dig again into their pockets and signal Mendy final 12 months.
Tuchel responds to slim Chelsea victory
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel saluted Mendy for his performance after the win.
Throughout an interview with BBC Sport, the German mentioned: “We have been very robust for 70 minutes and really fortunate for 20 minutes, to sum it up. We escaped with the three factors due to Edouard.
“It was like a cup sport on the finish; they took dangers and the ambiance gave them lots of braveness.”
On the Bees’ decided show, Tuchel added: “They play like this from the beginning, it was lots of effort to not enable them to create this power, and we put numerous effort into accumulating second balls in midfield; we put lots of effort into invisible work.
“We have been robust within the challenges and performed with composure. It is necessary to not lose the ball simply as you win it as a result of that is what they like. It was like this in the long run.”