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Mendy secures goaltender record

Senegalese goalkeeper equals sizes such as Santiago Canizares and Keylor Navas

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy tied Vlean Sheets’ Champions League record on Saturday after Manchester City became the latest team to be frustrated by the massive Senegal international.

City found no way to outsmart the 29-year-old’s vigilance in 90 minutes and lost 1-0 in the final, with Kai Havertz scoring the game’s only goal just before half-time. It was the Blues’ second Champions League crown and, while there are a lot of heroes on their squad, few have done as much to clinch the title as the man between the posts.

Mendy’s clean sheet against City was the ninth he has managed in the Champions League this season.

Only two goalkeepers have reached that number in a single campaign, meaning the Chelsea star is joining an extremely exclusive club. The two former record holders set their mark with the Spanish sides: Santiago Canizares for Valencia in the 2000-01 tournament and Keylor Navas for Real Madrid in 2015-16.

Mendy, however, is the first goalkeeper to score nine clean sheets in his very first Champions League campaign. Also to be congratulated the Chelsea rearguard, who allowed only one shot on target from City throughout the 90 minutes and made Mendy’s job much simpler than it might have been. wait before kick-off.

Mendy arrived at Stamford Bridge in late September 2020, when there were plenty of concerns about the form of former number one Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The former Rennes goalkeeper quickly settled into his new home and became Chelsea’s undisputed first choice, accumulating 44 appearances in all competitions, including Saturday’s final.

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