Chelsea's Tuchel responds to calls to drop Mendy

Chelsea's Tuchel responds to calls to drop Mendy
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel shakes hands with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Dec 05, 2021. 15:00

Chelsea FC manager Thomas Tuchel has dismissed suggestions that Senegal international Edouard Mendy should be dropped.

This comes after the towering goalkeeper had a game to forget as the Blues succumbed to a 3-2 defeat to West Ham United in an English Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon.

Mendy gave away a penalty in the first-half by fouling Jarrod Bowen and Manuel Lanzini made no mistake as he scored from the spot-kick during the game which was played at the London Stadium.

The 29-year-old, who has been one of the best keepers in Europe this year, was then caught out for West Ham’s winner in the 87th minute as he could not adjust quickly enough to keep out Arthur Masuaku’s miss-hit cross.

When asked if he will consider dropping Mendy, Tuchel shook his said and replied: “I don’t think so,” according to Evening Standard.

Menday has now conceded five goals in his last three matches in the Premier League and Chelsea are now placed third on the league standings – two points behind leaders, Manchester City.

However, the German tactician did state that his players need to reduce ‘individual mistakes’ after the Blues recorded their second loss in the Premier League this season.

‘Five [goals conceded] in three [games] is not the problem, three in one game is the problem,” Tuchel continued.

“The problem is the goal we conceded against Man United was a big mistake by ourselves, we gave the goal against Watford away by a big, big mistake. Today was the same.

‘If you do this, if we constantly give goals away by big mistakes we cannot have results on the highest level. ‘We hate to lose, it happened today, we know why. ‘We need to stay focused, reduce individual mistakes, then we will have results.”

Chelsea will now take on Russia’s Zenit Saint Petersburg in the UEFA Champions League game on Wednesday, before facing Leeds in a Premier League clash on Saturday.

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