April 23, 2021

Chelsea clean sheet shows solution has finally been found after wasting millions

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Edouard Mendy kept another clean sheet for Chelsea, showing the Blues have finally found a long-term replacement for Petr Cech.

It had been hoped that Thibaut Courtois or Kepa Arrizabalaga could fill the void left by the Czech shot-stopper.

Cech won four Premier League Golden Glove awards for most clean sheets in a season though Chelsea have looked shaky at the back since his 2015 departure.

They made Kepa the world’s most expensive goalkeeper after spending £72m to take him to Stamford Bridge from west London.

Though the Spaniard is now behind Mendy in the pecking order with the summer signing impressing since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel.

Edouard Mendy impressed as Chelsea beat Porto
Edouard Mendy impressed as Chelsea beat Porto
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Since Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea in January, no goalkeeper playing for a top five European league side has kept more clean sheets in all competitions than Mendy.

He made it ten clean sheets as Chelsea beat Porto 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.

Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell scored the goals as the Blues bounced back from a 5-2 defeat to West Brom at the weekend.

Kepa Arrizabalaga fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea
Kepa Arrizabalaga fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea
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Tuchel said: “It was a tough match against a strong Porto side.

“There were many moments where we suffered. We accepted it. The circumstances are a bit different in a quarter-final. The spirit was good and it was an excellent result.

“I was pretty sure about that [they’d react well after the WBA defeat]. I saw a response immediately in the dressing room and the next day. That wasn’t a big concern.

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“We were ready to respond. There will always be setbacks in sports. The biggest challenge is to bounce back.

“We had a lot of excellent results together, then we had a loss together and then a reaction after a loss together. That brings us closer together and increases the trust.”

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