Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen is singing praises for Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy after the keeper’s exceptional display in the League Cup final. Chelsea were beaten by Liverpool for the cup glory in an epic penalty shootout. Owen has labelled Mendy as “outstanding” after he kept a clean-sheet against Liverpool in the final. Though the Senegalese was substituted in the last minute of the extra-time, his performance was unmatched for the 119 minutes he played.
As much as Owen enjoyed his former club’s win, he didn’t shy away from giving the credit where it was due. Mendy was absolutely a wall for the Blues in the goal, keeping out Liverpool’s deadly attack of Diaz-Mane-Salah. However, he was taken-off for the penalty shoot-out for Kepa Arrizabalaga. Tuchel’s decision raised eyebrows as despite Kepa being a shoot-out expert, Mendy deserved to keep his place. The Spaniard didn’t save a single penalty and to add to that misery, he blasted his spot-kick over the crossbar to hand Liverpool their ninth League Cup.
Owen hails Edouard Mendy
It was all Liverpool in the first-half of the normal time, and the Reds could have easily taken the lead. Mendy again stepped-up for the Blues making exceptional saves. Initially Mendy made some routine saves, before pulling a maverick double-save. Mendy saved Naby Keita’s long-range shot, only for the rebound to fell in Mane’s feet. His fellow international teammate had an open goal to slot in Liverpool’s opener. But Mendy had some other plans and within a blink of an eye, the ‘keeper dived to deny Mane from scoring in an open net.
Owen took it to his official Twitter account to applaud Edouard Mendy after the game. “How ironic. Mendy absolutely outstanding in the Chelsea goal all game. Tuchel brings him off for penalties as apparently, Kepa is better at saving them. He faces 11 and doesn’t save any. And then misses himself,” wrote Owen.
Mendy once again proves he’s up there with the best
Chelsea splashed a mammoth €80 million on Kepa in 2018, making the most expensive goalkeeper. However, the Spaniard after some initial decent performances, failed miserably to justify the price-tag. In his debut season with the Blues, Kepa let in a horrific 51 goals in 54 appearances. Chelsea didn’t waste anytime in buying Edouard Mendy from Stade Rennais in the summer of 2020. Mendy proved an absolute bargain for €24 million as he conceded a mere 29 goals in 44 games in the 20/21 season. Moreover, he helped Chelsea win the Champions League in his debut season, keeping 9 clean-sheets in 12 games.
Sunday’s final was once again a proof that Mendy has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now. Apart from the double save, Mendy pulled several incredible saves throughout the final. Moreover, he was once again forced to pull a double save in the 85th minute and he once again proved his mettle. This time it were Luis Diaz and Andy Robertson whose back-to-back attempts were kept out by Mendy.
Mendy deserves all the praises that come his was for the displays he has put-on for Chelsea so far. Owen rightly credited Edouard Mendy as ‘outstanding’ since his maverick saves against Liverpool. Mendy made a total of 6 saves in the game, out of which 5 were from inside of the box. His presence in the goal saw Chelsea win the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup. Mendy played in the final of all three tournaments, keeping clean-sheet in the UCL final against Manchester City. Chelsea definitely need him between the sticks if they want to challenge for the Premier League title next season, since Mendy has kept an impressive 25 clean-sheets in 52 league games so far.