We’re attending to the purpose the place reward for Édouard Mendy could begin turning into only a bit overblown, however let’s benefit from the good instances whereas they final and fear later a couple of potential (eventual? inevitable?) regression to the imply, which hopefully will likely be slight if and when it comes.
5 straight clear sheets for the primary time in a decade. Narrative.
— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) November 4, 2020
Following fifth (fifth!) straight clear sheet and sixth (sixth!) in his seven begins whole for Chelsea Soccer Membership, Mendy was an apparent matter for post-match interviews final night time, however he was additionally a subject for a BT Sport pre-match interview with none aside from technical
director advisor-player Petr Čech.
Čech, as we all know, was instrumental within the membership selecting to go after the 28-year-old Rennes man — who was warmly greeted after the match by all his former colleagues — however we shouldn’t neglect to present credit score to 1 Christophe Lollichon as properly, who first introduced the goalkeeper to Čech’s consideration approach again in 2017, when Mendy was simply beginning to rebuild his profession.
“I’ve to present credit score to Christophe Lollichon who spoke to me about him three-and-a-half years in the past when Edouard began taking part in for Reims. The one factor which is nice about his story is clearly his 12 months the place, due to the fault of his agent, he was with out a membership. Whereas I used to be taking part in at Arsenal, he stated, ‘Watch this goalkeeper, he has a really attention-grabbing story.’ So I began following him.”
In his position as technical advisor, Čech forged a large web as he searched for somebody to assist Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero — a search that started final summer time already, apparently. However he saved returning to Mendy, particularly with Chelsea unable to spend the large bucks on somebody like Jan Oblak after committing an analogous quantity to Kepa already.
Lollichon’s recommendation was (in)famously ignored in 2018, when Chelsea had been scrambling to discover a alternative for Thibaut Courtois. Čech wasn’t going to make the identical mistake.
“We needed so as to add to our goalkeeping group a barely totally different sort of keeper. We now have Kepa and Willy Caballero, who each time we wanted him was able to step in and we determined with Kepa going by means of a troublesome second the place issues weren’t occurring for him on the pitch, we determined so as to add to our goalkeeping group and we agreed to usher in Edouard. To date, he’s been doing nice.”
“[…] Clearly you watch all the opposite goalkeepers as properly. I’ve watched 30, 40 totally different goalkeepers over the previous 12 months and a half, however I saved following Edouard and also you see his evolution and development yearly, it acquired me the concept once we talked about what we would like from a goalkeeper, what we wish to add to our goalkeeping group, his title got here to my thoughts.
“The supervisor has an enormous enter. The membership and the scouting has his enter and all of us agreed he’s the goalkeeper we must always recover from.”
Mendy’s already equaled Čech’s personal debut file of three straight clear sheets within the Premier League, and he now has six in seven in all competitions. The following problem from the membership legend for the brand new man is to maintain that going. Čech started his Chelsea profession in 2004-05 to the tune of 7-in-8, finally accumulating 29 in all competitions (together with a file 25 within the Premier League).
“In my first eight video games [at Chelsea], we had seven clear sheets. If he [Mendy] will get that and makes it higher, I will likely be pleased, as a result of the crew will do properly and we will likely be profitable, and that is in the end what we would like.”
Can historical past repeat itself? One clear sheet at a time … properly, why not?