Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy reveals what has surprised him since he join Chelsea.
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has admitted that the Premier League’s intensity has left him surprised as his debut season in England edges closer towards its conclusion.
The Senegal international joined the Blues back in September as former head coach Frank Lampard looked to bolster his goalkeeping options following a series of errors made by Kepa Arrizabalaga during the 2019/20 season.
Throughout last summer’s window, which saw Chelsea draft in seven new recruits, including the big-money acquisitions of the likes of Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, a whole host of goalkeepers were linked with moves to Stamford Bridge, including the likes of Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Andre Onana of Ajax.
In the end, Chelsea settled on a move for Mendy, signing him from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes in a deal worth £22million. Although he was a completely unknown figure to almost every Chelsea supporter, Mendy has wasted little time in proving his worth, racking up a very impressive 22 clean sheets in 38 appearances.
As well as that, he also recorded seven clean sheets in his first ten appearances for the club, ensuring he got off to the perfect start.
But although Mendy has enjoyed an excellent debut campaign in west London, he has admitted that the intensity of the Premier League did catch him by surprise.
Mendy, participating in a Q&A session, told Chelsea’s club website: “Yes, the intensity. There is a lot more intensity than in France. When I saw games in England, I thought that, but when you live the situation, it’s different.
“It’s very difficult because compared to France the goalkeeper is not protected. Opponents can block you and stop you coming out of your goal, but contact is something I like. It doesn’t affect me.
“Also, in December you don’t have a break. It was a new thing for me. I liked it.
“Of course, when you come in England, you think about fans. The atmosphere in England is amazing, but unfortunately I cannot see that yet, but I hope soon.”
Considering Chelsea’s season looked as though it could be set for disappointment at the time of Lampard’s sacking in January, the Blues have enjoyed a highly successful three-month period under Thomas Tuchel, so much so that Mendy could end his debut campaign in west London with both an FA Cup and UEFA Champions League winners medal.
“It’s gone well, but it’s not finished,” Mendy added, as he reflected on his first season at the club. “I’m proud, because at the moment it’s a good season for me and for the team. We are still in the FA Cup, the Champions League and the top-four for the Premier League.
“There have been a lot of games, and maybe good things are coming. I’m happy but it’s not finished. There are a few weeks left with huge targets for us.
“I am focused on finishing the season well and continuing to work on my development, and not thinking about what has gone before.”