Chris Sutton questions the performance of Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in Senegal defeat
According to BBC Live, former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton questions the performance of Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy as he was at fault for both the goals Senegal conceded in the defeat against the Netherlands.
The Dutch won the game with two late goals from Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen. Mendy could have done better with both goals.
The 30-year-old was late in coming to meet the cross from Frenkie de Jong, allowing Gakpo to head the ball into an empty net. For the second goal, his save from a Memphis Depay shot was weak and straight into the path of Klaassen to tap the ball into the net.
Here’s what Sutton said regarding his performance (h/t BBC Live):
“I think Edouard Mendy shouldn’t have come [for the first goal], he may not have saved it anyway but it made it easier for Gakpo. Then in added on time, they get another.
Again, I think Mendy should have done better, Davy Klassen with a comfortable finish on his left foot. Three points, the Dutch have started this World Cup in fine form.”
As Chelsea fans, we may not be surprised to see how uncomfortable Mendy looked in doing the basic things. His judgement and saving capability have been sub-par for quite some time.
We remember when the 30-year-old had an ordinary game against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final first leg. He has also made several errors this season, notably against Leeds United when he was caught dwelling on the ball.
It is a shame that Senegal, who worked so hard to earn a point against the Dutch, had to surrender that because of two goalkeeping mistakes.
Another Chelsea player in that team – Kalidou Koulibaly had an excellent game where he was physically dominant and read all the dangers very well. The 2022 AFCON winners will depend on their captain to lift the team after this disappointing defeat.
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For Mendy, it is important to forget this soon and concentrate on what is to come. A performance like this may force Chelsea boss Graham Potter to keep Kepa Arrizabalaga as his first-choice goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge.
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