Edouard Mendy reflects on Chelsea’s team spirit

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has stressed the importance of team spirit at Chelsea which has helped him rack up 26 clean sheets in 46 appearances for Chelsea since his arrival. The Senegalese has established himself as Chelsea’s number one goalkeeper after arriving on a £22m transfer from Rennes.

Having already won the Champions League and Super Cup in his first year with the club, the goalkeeper admitted his first year couldn’t have been any better. Speaking to Chelsea’s official website Mendy said “It’s been a fantastic year.”

Now, we need to keep going. We need to question everything; we need to start from scratch. What we did was good, but we need to leave that to one side and keep setting other goals, keep progressing, and keep striving to make this club better.”

Being the best for my club means being the best every day and being the best I can on the pitch, helping my team to win trophies. I’ve progressed every year, and I did last year too, and that’s something I want to do every year; it’s something I want all the time.”

I strive to progress, to be the best for my team, and in particular, to keep winning trophies for this club.”

Speaking on Chelsea’s defence Mendy insisted everyone in the team plays their part to earn a clean sheet at the end of the game. He added “The defence works as a team. It is not just down to me or the defenders in front of me.”

It is defensive teamwork that starts with the strikers and finishes with me. We see very well when we press that we are very active when we recover very high balls. And, when the opponent has possession, we see that we are a difficult block to get through because the whole line moves very well and it’s very difficult to get through our block.”

The Chelsea goalkeeper praised Thomas Tuchel’s leadership skills to help Chelsea turn around the season last year after replacing Frank Lampard in January. Speaking on the German, Mendy said “The idea of a group is something that the coach has directly established.”

It is something that got stronger with good results. We saw that when we gave great performances. Every time we gave great performances, they were great collective performances.”

So, that shows you that we have only succeeded as a team, and that forges closer bonds between us. On the pitch, we play for our brothers because we are a family, and we do things as a family.

Source: Chelsea FC

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