There wasn’t much to be happy about after Chelsea were eliminated from this season’s League Cup on penalties at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last night, but the one quite bright spot was the debut of Édouard Mendy.
The new goalkeeper could do little about Erik Lamela’s late equalizer, but before then, had made multiple excellent saves to maintain Chelsea’s slim 1-0 lead. And, as advertised, he made excellent use of his physical attributes to dominate the airspace in his six-yard box, punching and catching at will, with just one noteworthy mis-step, when he let a high cross slip through his fingers — no harm, no foul.
It was a very promising debut overall, even if he has to work on his penalty shootout strategy a bit in the future. (Fortunately, we seem to coach that aspect very well, with both Caballero and Arrizabalaga strong evidence of that.)
“I thought he was very good. He made a couple of good saves, one particularly good save. He came and caught a few balls, even the one where he came and didn’t catch, the idea that he wants to be positive is not a bad thing.
“Very, very pleased with every part of his game, really.”
-Frank Lampard; source: Football.London
I think it’s safe to assume that Mendy will get the start on Saturday as well, and hopefully for many more games after that.