As Gary Neville points out, Edouard Mendy can be “title-winning” for Chelsea.


Gary Neville has stated Edouard Mendy could be a “title-winning” player for Chelsea after he pulled off a series of world class saves in the 0-1 victory over Brentford on Saturday

Gary Neville believes Edouard Mendy is key to Chelsea ’s Premier League title challenge this season.

The keeper made a series of world class saves for Thomas Tuchel’s side in a 0-1 victory against Brentford on Saturday.

Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, Neville praised the 29-year-old, with his performance keeping Chelsea’s lead intact, after Ben Chilwell put them ahead in the 45 th minute.

He said: “Brentford brought (Marcus) Forss on to stop (Ruben) Loftus-Cheek playing and all of a sudden, the game changed. They completely altered the way they played in the second half.

“Edouard Mendy was absolutely brilliant, and if you’re going to win a title you need your goalkeeper.

“There will be games in a season where you don’t deserve to win, you don’t deserve to take a point, but your goalkeeper makes two or three world-class saves. Mendy was brilliant today and he has made the difference for Chelsea since replacing Kepa.

“Chelsea were conceding too easily before. There were times when with Kepa, goals were going in far too easy. Some of the goals were two metres inside the post it felt. But it’s a lot harder to score now against them.”

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The win at the Brentford Community Stadium took Chelsea back to the top of the table, after being briefly overtaken by Liverpool earlier in the day.

Neville stated the Blues always looked in command prior to taking the lead with the only goal of the game.

He said: “Chelsea were at their strongest during the part of the game in which they scored. They had the (Timo) Werner chance just before Chilwell scored. I felt if it had been 0-0 at half-time, Chelsea may have needed to have brought on a (Mason) Mount or a (Kai) Havertz.

“The game plan for Chelsea had been perfect up to that point where they were in control and made sure they weren’t getting done on set pieces.”


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