MATCHS DU JOUR 6
Edouard Mendy's last two games between the sticks for Chelsea saw him concede four goals against Brentford last Saturday and three against Real Madrid, including a major blunder. The Senegalese goalkeeper has also raised questions about his overall state of mind and his first position with the current European Champions.
Before facing Southampton this Saturday, Thomas Tuchel was in a press conference. The German technician does not want to overwhelm Edouard Mendy. The Blues coach believes that these things happen. "This is the life of a top goalkeeper. The position of goalkeeper is so special in football. When you have as much success as Edouard, you are in the spotlight. When you win as many trophies, when you play as many big games, you are even more in the spotlight," Tuchel stated.
However, the German had one worry. If he supports Edouard Mendy, he expects the Senegalese to find his invulnerability. "We helped him and maybe we were luckier last season. He can solve this situation. In any game, it's not a good time to make a mistake like this. But in the Champions League quarter-final against Real, it's obvious that the timing is even worse. I hope it won't affect his confidence too much. Keepers make mistakes. You have to stay calm and confident. Now he can prove that he is a real champion.
Mendy is still Chelsea's first choice and hopefully the Senegalese shot stopper will make up for his recent dip in form when the team travels to Southampthon.