Thomas Tuchel Responds to Calls to Drop Key Chelsea Star After West Ham Defeat

Thomas Tuchel Responds to Calls to Drop Key Chelsea Star After West Ham Defeat

  • Edouard Mendy was at fault during Chelsea's 3-2 defeat against rivals West Ham United at the London Stadium
  • The Senegalese conceded a penalty in the first half before Arthur Masuake caught him for West Ham's winner
  • Chelsea's defeat saw them lose their spot on the summit of the Premier League standings and now sit third on the log

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has dismissed calls from a section of fans and pundits to drop Edouard Mendy following his side's 3-2 defeat to West Ham.

Edouard Mendy of Chelsea fails to stop West Ham's third goal scored by Arthur Masuaku during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at London Stadium on December 04, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Edouard Mendy was at fault during Chelsea's 3-2 defeat against rivals West Ham United at the London Stadium. Photo by Alex Pantlin.
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Mendy has managed to establish himself as one of the most solid shot-stoppers across Europe since his switch to Stamford Bridge from Rennes in 2020.

However, he had a game to forget during the Blues' trip to West Ham as he conceded a penalty midway through the match after he brought down Jarrod Bowen in the area.

With the scores 2-2 and three minutes left on the clock, the Senegalese was caught out for the Hammers' winner as he could not adjust in time to keep at bay Arthur Masuaku's miss-hit cross.

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His two costly mistakes generated mixed reactions, with some fans and pundits suggesting it is about time the 29-year-old is dropped.

But when asked if he would consider that, Tuchel noted that is not on his cards.

"I don’t think so," the Blues boss noted.

The German tactician was also quick to hit at individual mistakes by his charges that have seen his side drop crucial points.

"Five [goals conceded] in three [games] is not the problem, three in one game is the problem,’ said Tuchel," he added.

Chelsea's defeat against West Ham saw them drop to third on the log with 33 points, one behind Liverpool who secured a 1-0 hard-fought win over Wolves.

Man City are now currently leading the charts with 35 points after sealing a 3-1 crucial win over Watford at Vicarage Road.

Tuchel blames Chelsea pair

Earlier, TUKO.co.ke reported Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has singled out the duo of Jorginho and Edouard Mendy for blame following his side's shock defeat to West Ham.

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Tuchel lamented individual mistakes are costing Chelsea vital points in the Premier League as they push to win the domestic crown.

"Decision-making is also not the best from Edu in this moment, and then suddenly you concede," he added.

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