Summer signing Edouard Mendy is already Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper confirmed Frank Lampard, who also explained the decision to name the retired Petr Cech in the Blues’ Premier League squad list
Former Rennes glovesman Mendy helped Chelsea secure Lampard’s first goalless draw as manager in Tuesday’s Champions League opener vs Sevilla, having returned to the starting XI after missing Saturday’s draw with Southampton through injury.
The decision to rush the not fully fit Mendy back into the line-up appeared a sign of Lampard’s faith in the keeper, and he after the match announced that the Senegal international is Chelsea’s current No.1.
“At the moment yes [he is first-choice],” said Lampard. “He’s shown his quality. The way he’s played, he’s played very well, that’s two clean sheets for him already.
“As it stands he is [the number one] but that’s always up for grabs. But the way he’s playing I’m very happy.
“I was pleased with the professional element to the win. Seville are a top team in European football, no doubt. The concentration and focus to get the result was big from the team.
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“We made a lot of good decisions tonight, so it’s a really nice place for us to build from. I think it’s a positive result. The clean sheet was a big deal for us.”
The out-of-form Kepa dropped to the bench on Mendy’s return after another afternoon to forget in last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Saints.
Chelsea also registered former goalkeeper Cech in their Premier League squad on Tuesday, with the 38-year-old on hand if required in a coronavirus-related emergency.
Cech is still younger than 39-year-old Blues veteran keeper Willy Caballero, and is on hand if required now despite retiring in the summer of 2019.
Chelsea’s performance and technical adviser has been training with the senior squad for several weeks, with Lampard insisting it was a ‘no-brainer’ to add him to the league ranks.
“It’s definitely not done for the romance, Pete enjoys the training, that’s how he is,” added the Blues boss. “With Pete it’s something I wouldn’t expect to happen but with how fit he is if we were in crisis we couldn’t have anyone better than Petr Cech around.
“I don’t expect him to play, but nobody expected what’s happened in the last six or seven months, so that would explain why he’s in there.
“He’s invaluable for his experience, passing that onto the goalkeepers.
“We had a space this year, and COVID makes this a year like no other. He’s very fit, he’s still relatively young, and he finished playing when he possibly could have carried on when he took on the role that he does very well here.
“He trains very regularly and very well. I’m not sure if we’ll see him this season, it depends on how things go of course.
“But it’s a total no-brainer to have him in the squad for the reasons of the pandemic and everything that’s happened.
“He trains every day, and that can only help the goalkeepers we have, to have one of the best in the recent modern era training with them.”
Published at Tue, 20 Oct 2020 22:31:11 +0000