The Spanish La Liga side visited the Premier League side for their first UEFA Champions League Group E match of the season. Before the match, Chelsea’s critics were of the notion that it would be almost impossible for the Premier League club to stop Sevilla from scoring a goal or more based on their recent performance against Premier League clubs.
Recall that Sevilla beat two Premier League clubs – Wolverhampton Wanderers in the semi-final stage and Manchester United in the final, to win the 2019-2020 Europa League. They, however, met with a more solid Chelsea’s defense and a perfect goalkeeping performance of Edouard Mendy.
Edouard Mendy joined Chelsea this summer from Rennes for just £22 million. Frank Lampard decided to bring the Senegalese goalkeeper to the club because of the unnecessary mistakes the club’s first-choice goalkeeper Kapa Arrizabalaga was fond of committing.
Since he came to the club, he has managed to keep two clean sheets including Tuesday’s Champions League match. Before the match, the hearts of most Chelsea’s fans were broken because Edouard Mendy had to cut short his international break because he sustained an injury while training with Senegal national team.
The injury only kept him out of the Premier League match against Southampton on October 17 which ended 3-3. Kepa covered up for Mendy but the 25-year-old Spanish goalkeeper could not give a good account of himself. Hence, the need to ensure that Mendy was fit for Chelsea vs Sevilla bout.
‘We wanted to score but I’m happy with the clean sheet.’ pic.twitter.com/PrWHmQoObN— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 21, 2020
“At the moment, yes. He’s shown his quality”, Frank Lampard said when he was questioned about Mendy’s standing in the club after the 0-0 draw with Sevilla. “The way he’s played, he’s played very well, that’s two clean sheets for him already.
“As it stands he is the number one but that’s always up for grabs. But the way he’s playing I’m very happy. The clean sheet was a big deal for us.
“Seville are a top team in European football. The concentration and focus to get the result were big from the team.
“We made a lot of good decisions, so it’s a nice place for us to build from.”
Chelsea’s draw against Sevilla has kept the Premier League club in the 3rd spot of Group E, above 4th placed Sevilla. All the four clubs in group E did not record any win. However, Krasnodar is topping the table with just a goal difference while Rennes is occupying the 2nd spot.