Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has set a Champions League record having kept a clean sheet after the premier league top club defeated Real Madrid to progress to the finals.
The 29-year-old has not conceded a goal in eight encounters out of 11 in the current champions league campaign. That is the most in a single campaign made by any goalkeeper playing for an English team in the history of the competition.
This also meant that the Chelsea players have kept 18 clean sheets out of 24 matches under manager Thomas Tuchel in all competitions (75%), compared with 26 in 84 games under his predecessor Frank Lampard (31%).
Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane chosen players and formation gamble backfired as they lost to Chelsea on the semi finals of the champions league.
The Senegal international was transferred from Rennes in a £22m ($31m) deal which was a good one at that time.
He has since proven to be one of the major profitable signings, making crucial saves for the Stamford Bridge giants since the start of January.
In the first leg fixture played at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, the Blues took the lead through Christian Pulisic. However, Zinedine Zidane’s Los Blancos clawed their way back courtesy of Karim Benzema’s effort as the game ended 1-1.
Knowing what was at stake, Real Madrid travelled to Stamford Bridge with tough confidence, however, Mendy was at his best to deny the 13-time European kings from qualifying for the finals.
Ten minutes into the encounter, he was forced to make a smart save as Toni Kroos fired the ball towards goal after the visitors had worked the ball around the Chelsea half with precision, putting together at least 20 passes.
He also produced another brilliant stop in the 26th minute from a shot by Benzema. The Frenchman bent a powerful drive towards the bottom-right corner, but the African was alert to deny him.
The humble goal keeper is still keeping it real and humble, as he has not gotten to his peak according to him.
Speaking with France football, he said that he doesn’t count clean sheets as victories.
“That’s because it’s not something that I make on my own. The goalkeeper is as important as the guy in front of him. At the end of the day, I’m the one who has to make the stops, yes.
“But in front of me, there is a whole structure, ten players who move and complicate the task of the opponent. It’s a team performance and not something I can own on my own.
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