Chelsea’s back line has been boosted by the return of Edouard Mendy for their Champions League opener against Sevilla on Tuesday.
The new £20million signing missed Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Southampton due to a thigh injury.
Kepa Arrizabalaga deputised for Mendy, however, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper was at fault for the Saints’ second goal.
It was the Spaniard’s THIRD error leading to a goal this season after making previous mistakes against Brighton and Liverpool.
The Telegraph claim Mendy could make an early injury comeback having returned to training this week.
The Senegal goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in his Premier League debut as Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 4-0 before the international break.
Blues boss Frank Lampard will be hoping Mendy’s arrival from Rennes improves his leaky defence, which has shipped 63 goals in 43 matches during his tenure.
On Monday, when asked about his side’s defensive woes, he said: “Of course we want to concede fewer goals, as all teams do at the moment.
“Teams are conceding a lot of goals in the Premier League and we’re all in a similar position to a degree with that at the moment.
“But it will always be something we work on as much as we do our attacking play.
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“I wouldn’t say my DNA is to be a natural attacking manager. Every manager wants to build a balanced team and one that can be strong in both defence and attack.
“We’re working hard defensively and we’re always trying to improve on that.
“The issues are that we don’t concede many shots on our goal but, when we do, we concede goals.”
Published at Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:34:49 +0000