Edouard Mendy Is Not Daunted by Facing Haaland, Says He Looks at the Man City Striker Like Benteke
- Chelsea goalie Edouard Mendy has disclosed he views Manchester City striker Erling-Braut Haaland the same he sees Christian Benteke
- Mendy had a successful first season, where he won the UEFA Champions League and Club World Cup but endured a torrid campaign as Chelsea finished third last season
- The Senegalese shot-stopper is currently with Chelsea's 29-man squad preparing for the upcoming season in the US
Senegal and Chelsea shot-stopper Edouard Mendy has disclosed he is unfazed by clashing with the high calibre of strikers ahead of the new season.
Mendy has been a revelation since completing his move to the Premier League from Stade Rennais in 2020. His shot-stopping skills played a crucial role for the Blues in sealing a top-four spot last season.
However, his work appears to be cut out with the emergence of new forwards Erling Haaland of Manchester City and Liverpool's Darwin Nunez in the Premier League - who are held in high esteem for their precocious goal-scoring prowess.
But the 2021 AFCON winner and reigning FIFA The Best Goalkeeper, revealed his regular studies help to shape him up as a goalie ahead of the new season.
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“I study,” he smiled. “I study a lot. It’s not about one striker or one team - we just have to focus on every striker, every team we play to win. It’s not because it’s Haaland" Mendy said via Mirror.
When quipped about the danger posed by Man City's new recruit Erling Haaland, Mendy said: “I look at Haaland like I look at, say, Benteke at Palace - it’s not that different between Crystal Palace and City. You have to be focused because he is a striker and he can score."
“So I study. I study. We have our methods and I don’t need to say what they are. But I study a lot. A lot.”
Edouard Mendy meets legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Edouard Mendy has shared his excitement after meeting former Real Madrid and Brazil forward Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima.
The Chelsea and Senegal goalkeeper met the legendary striker in Davos at the World Economic Forum, which was making a return after a two-year hiatus.
Mendy took to social media to express gratitude to FIFA and CAF for giving him the opportunity to speak at the forum and also share the stage with the 'Fenomeno'.
Source: Sports Brief News