EPL: Fans hail Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy, angry with Man United's Maguire - Punch Newspapers
EPL: Fans hail Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy, angry with Man United's Maguire
17 October 2021Fans and Thomas Tuchel saluted Edouard Mendy as the Chelsea goalkeeper’s superb display sealed a hard-fought 1-0 win at Brentford on Saturday.Tuchel’s side had been knocked out of pole position by Liverpool’s 5-0 rout of Watford a few hours earlier.
But Chelsea had the perfect response with a gritty victory in their first league meeting with their west London neighbours for 74 years.Ben Chilwell’s fiercely-struck goal in first half stoppage-time was enough to give Chelsea their sixth win in eight league games.
But Chelsea had to rely on a series of fine saves from Mendy in the closing stages before they could move one point clear of second placed Liverpool.“They trouble you with long throws and set pieces. They created big chances and Mendy was the key to the clean sheet,” Tuchel said. headtopics.com
At the start of a five-game run of winnable league fixtures, Tuchel had warned his players not to expect an easy ride from Brentford and the Chelsea boss was proved right.Just five months ago, the gulf between the clubs appeared huge as Chelsea won the Champions League on the day Brentford earned promotion to the top-flight for the first time since 1947.
However, Brentford had already bloodied the noses of two supposedly superior opponents this term, with Arsenal beaten at the Community Stadium and Liverpool held to a draw.Tuchel’s men weren’t at their most fluent as Brentford worked tirelessly to deny them time and space.
Chelsea were without defenders Thiago Silva and Toni Rudiger, with Malang Sarr making his Premier League debut.The Blues had conceded just one goal from open play in the league this season and the stand-ins somehow held firm amid Brentford’s second half barrage.
Mendy had to make his first save in the 73rd minute when the Senegal keeper repelled Ivan Toney’s snap-shot.Mbeumo almost grabbed a Brentford equaliser with a low drive that beat Mendy, only to cannon back off the post before Chelsea cleared the danger. headtopics.com
With Brentford pouring forward, Mendy had to save again from a Saman Ghoddos effort before Trevoh Chalobah cleared Christian Norgaard’s shot off the line.Mendy made yet another great stop, diving at Pontus Jansson’s feet to keep out the Brentford captain’s close-range shot.
Inevitably, there was more work for Mendy to do in stoppage-time and he rose to the challenge with a brilliant tip-over from Norgaard’s overhead kick.Manchester United fans have been venting their frustrations with captain Harry Maguire on Twitter after a horrific performance against his former team at the King Power Stadium.
United slumped to a 4-2 defeat with Maguire responsible for at least two of the goals.Some of the more printable comments included:‘Harry Maguire is not good enough to captain United. Replace him! Miserable management from Solskjaer.Harry maguire is not good enough to captain united. Replace him! Miserable management from solskjaer. Worst manager in Uniteds history by some distance #oleout #GlazersOut #mufcRead more: The Punch Newspapers »
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