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Chelsea new boy equals 16-year long record held by Blues legend

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Chelsea star Edouard Mendy matches Petr Cech record following Manchester United heroics

According to The Metro, Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has matched a 16-year-old record set by Blues legend Petr Cech.

The 28-year-old was the hero of the night as Chelsea drew 0-0 with Manchester United at Old Trafford. Mendy was alert to deny Marcus Rashford in either half and justified his stature as the number one goalkeeper at the club.

The Senegalese international is the first goalkeeper since Cech to keep a clean sheet in his first two Premier League starts for the club. The Czech international achieved that distinction during his debut campaign in 2004/05.

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The goalkeeping position has been a spot of bother for Chelsea for voer a season now. Despite numerous chances, Kepa Arrizabalaga has failed to showcase he has what it takes to be a dependable number one.

Blues boss Frank Lampard revealed last week that Mendy is his current first-choice in goal. The 28-year-old has repaid his manager’s faith in him with his on-field performances.

Mendy has so far kept three clean sheets in his first four games for the club, allowing just one goal during this time. This is in stark contrast to the nine goals we conceded in five games without him.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has named Edouard Mendy ashis number one
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has named Edouard Mendy as his number one (Getty Images)

For the first time since Thibaut Courtois in 2017, we appear to have a dependable last line of defence.

Mendy has recently spoken of learning from Cech during training.  The 38-year-old was also included in the club’s squad for the Premier League. Cech retired in 2019 and currently works as a technical advisor at Stamford Bridge.

Mendy, to his credit, has put to the rest the debate regarding our goalkeeping crisis. Hopefully, he will pick up more from Cech as long as they work together.

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has matched a 16-year-old record set by Blues legend Petr Cech
Petr Cech is amongst the best goalkeepers in the Premier League era

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Mendy’s record was achieved in shutouts against Crystal Palace and Manchester United. He missed the 3-3 draw against Southampton with an injury. That match, if not anything else, was a stark reminder of the impact he has had since joining the club.

The record is not the only parallel Mendy shares with Cech. Both players joined Chelsea from French side Rennais and immediately made an impact in goal. If anything, the next time we need a goalkeeper, we should turn our focus to the number one at Roazhon Park.

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“He will go there” – Former PL boss backs Chelsea star to stay at loan club beyond current season

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Grealish and Barkley have formed a formidable partnership at Villa

Tim Sherwood backs Chelsea star Ross Barkley to extend his stay at Aston Villa

Speaking on Soccer Sunday on Sky Sports via HITC (h/t Birmingham Live), former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has backed Chelsea loanee Ross Barkley to stay at Villa Park beyond this season.

The Englishman has been in fine form since joining Dean Smith’s side on loan in the summer. He formed a strong partnership with skipper Jack Grealish much to the joy of Villa.

Currently out injured, Barkley’s loan to Villa has so far proven to be an unmitigated success for all parties.

former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has backed Chelsea loanee Ross Barkley to stay at Villa Park beyond this season.
Chelsea loanee Ross Barkley has done well at Aston Villa

“I think Ross has been great for them and I see him staying at the football club.”

Sherwood has backed Barkley to witness in person the majesty of Villa and realise how big of a club they are. He believes the midfielder has seen the back of Chelsea.

“He has seen the back of Chelsea now. I think he will go there [Villa]. He would have walked into the doors and seen how big that football club is.”

As things stand, Barkley remains a part of Frank Lampard’s future for Chelsea. His performances have not grown unnoticed. Chelsea boss Lampard has already informed the player that he has a place at Stamford Bridge going forward. (h/t Birmingham Mail)

Frank Lampard has informed N'Golo Kante of his importance to Chelsea
Frank Lampard has built a strong Chelsea outfit

Perhaps smartly, Chelsea did not include a buyout clause in the loan deal that took the player to Villa Park. Any potential deal will see the ball in our court. (h/t Birmingham Mail)

Barkley has, over the years, been considered a player with high potential. Unfortunately, he has largely proven himself to be an inconsistent performer.

Given his performances at the moment, he could assure himself a brighter future – whether it be at Chelsea or Villa.

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Ross Barkley may yet have a future at Chelsea
Ross Barkley may yet have a future at Chelsea

While we don’t deny Villa has a rich history, they are nowhere near their glory days anymore. Chelsea today represent a better choice for players seeking glory and if Barkley truly desires instant success, he will do better if he returns as an improved player to Stamford Bridge.

Failing to continue his good form could see the Blues willing to let him go. After all, Chelsea loaning him out has to do with us having better players at our disposal.

What happens remains to be seen.

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“Help us fight” – Chelsea star looking forward to playing in front of the fans again

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Reece James pleased to soon be playing in front of Chelsea fans again

Speaking to the club’s official site, Chelsea star Reece James is looking forward to welcoming supports back to Stamford Bridge.

This comes after London was classified in the Tier-2 category. All clubs that are present in cities with such a rating have a maximum cap of 2000 spectators permitted.

As things stand, Chelsea fans will be in attendance for our home clash against Leeds United on December 5.

Chelsea star Reece James is looking forward to welcoming supports back to Stamford Bridge against Leeds United in December.
Chelsea star Reece James is keen to welcome back Chelsea fans to the Bridge (Getty Images)

This will be the first time that we will have fans at home since the game against Everton last season. 40,694 fans were in attendance on March 8 as we dismantled the Toffees 4-0.

Chelsea played out a dull 0-0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday. James was a part of the squad and felt the usual atmosphere was missing due to the lack of fans in the arena.

He cannot wait until he can feel the faithful Blue fans egging him on in the future.

“When the fans return to Stamford Bridge they’ll bring a great atmosphere and boost the players as well and hopefully help us fight.”

Stamford Bridge has not seen fans since 8 March 2020
Stamford Bridge has not seen fans since 8 March 2020

Playing in front of a home crowd at the Bridge will be a new experience for our summer signings. The likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz can channel the support of the fans and power themselves to greater levels.

Thiago Silva and Hakim Ziyech have faced Chelsea before but as part of the opposition. This time, they will be on the right side and can feel the power our faithful bring to the Bridge.

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Chelsea have done well to recover after a difficult start to the season. We are well within touching distance of the top and could challenge for the title.

There is still a long way to go and the return of fans, even in a limited capacity is a step in the right direction.

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“I really like him” – Man United legend heaps the praise on young Chelsea star

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Roy Keane a fan of Chelsea star Mason Mount

According to Football.london, former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane has come to the defence of oft-maligned Chelsea star Mason Mount.

The young midfielder was often criticised as Chelsea found the going hard in the early parts of the season. However, the Blues have since hit a rich vein of form, with Mount playing a key role in the turnaround.

Keane has been left impressed by the youngster’s performances and believes N’Golo Kante’s presence behind him has been a big help.

ormer Manchester United skipper Roy Keane has come to the defense of oft-maligned Chelsea star Mason Mount
Roy Keane launches an impassionaed defence of Chelsea star Mason Mount

“I really like him (Mount). He’s got so much going for him. He’s fit, he plays the game.”

Keane believes the player has everything in his locker. Capable of both scoring and assisting, Mount is an all-rounder with an eye for the game.

“He scores goals, he’s got an assist, he can see the pass, I like everything about him.”

Having played alongside some of the best players at United, Keane is in a good position to judge quality. In fact, his assessment of Mount should reflect on the ability of our young number 19.

Chelksea star Mason Mount backed to become England's Kevin de Bruyne
Mason Mount has been excellent for Chelsea

Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink also backed Keane’s comments on Mount. He believes the player does not get the credit he deserves for the work he puts in.

“He works so hard to get the ball back. Mount has so much quality, but off the ball, he doesn’t get enough credit.”

Despite criticism, it speaks volumes about Mount’s character that he is able to brush it off and impress on the field. A regular for Chelsea and England, it is clear that Frank Lampard and Gareth Southgate rate him highly even if armchair pundits don’t.

Maon Mount is a regular for Chelsea and England
Maon Mount is a regular for Chelsea and England

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Mount put in a decent performance against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday. He held his own defensively and even forced Hugo Lloris into a good save. The game ended goalless as the title race gathers steam.

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Impressive English star reveals he pestered Chelsea ace to join him as teammate at PL side

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Ross Barkley has done very well at Aston Villa

Jack Grealish reveals he pestered Chelsea star Ross Barkley to join him at Aston Villa

Chelsea star Ross Barkley is enjoying an impressive loan spell at fellow Premier League side Aston Villa. The move has worked out well for both the player and Villa.

The Villans have skipper Jack Grealish to thank for the role he played in bringing the Chelsea man to Villa Park.

It proved to be an inspired decision. Barkley played a key role as Villa beat Liverpool, Leicester City, and Arsenal this season.

Jack Grealish revealed that he pestered Ross Barkley to join Aston Villa on loan from Chelsea
Chelsea boss Ross Barkley is imprssing on loan at Aston Villa (Getty Images)

Speaking to Villa TV (h/t Birmingham Live), Grealish admitted that he and Barkley exchanged messages before the move was confirmed.

“It’s been really good, I’ve known Ross for a while now.”

Grealish wanted his friend to join him at Villa if he ever left Chelsea last summer. He got his wish when the midfielder signed for the Villans just days after their impressive win over Fulham.

“I was constantly texting him, before the Fulham game I was saying to him that if he was going to leave (Chelsea) then to keep us in mind.”

Grealish and Barkley have formed a formidable partnership at Villa
Grealish and Barkley have formed a formidable partnership at Villa

Grealish and Barkley have formed a dynamic partnership that has been to Villa’s good form. If they continue to keep it up and evolve, it could also draw the attention of English boss Gareth Southgate.

It could help in Barkley making the England squad for next summer’s Euros. Though the thought of that happening is hypothetical at this stage, there is no reason why merit should go unrewarded.

If all goes well, Barkley will have Grealish to thank for a turnaround in his fortunes.

Frank Lampard has also been impressed by Barkley (AFP via Getty Images)

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Barkley is currently recovering from a hamstring injury that is expected to keep him out for two-three weeks. Hopefully, he will return soon and continue to impress.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard too is aware of the midfielder’s resurgence at Villa Park. It remains to be seen if the player has a future at the Bridge.

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