The Chelsea goalkeeper delivered his ambitions with Senegal and praised Sadio Mané as well as Karim Benzema.
Author of a very good season and impressive since his arrival at Chelsea two years ago, Edouard Mendy was back in France this week to attend the Bruno Martini Trophies rewarding the best goalkeepers playing in France (L1, L2, D1 etc) and was able to receive the honorary prize from the hands of the jury, made up of technicians from the station. Edouard Mendy then gave an interview to FootMercato in which he notably mentioned the position of goalkeeper.
“There is no better distinction than being validated by your peers”
“As a goalkeeper, it has a special flavor because you are recognized by your peers. It shows that people who live like you, who feel football like you on a daily basis, recognize you. That, I think there is no better distinction, the fact of being validated, that the work and your performances are validated by goalkeeper coaches who have been in the game for twenty years and who have seen very great past guardians. To be one of those, who are cited among the best, there is no better distinction”analyzed Edouard Mendy.
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“This position is underestimated and it has been for far too long unfortunately. This kind of event is made to change things. This is what helps us to have this light and this recognition that we deserve to have. It’s really the position on the pitch where people’s eyes are less focused. It’s where a lot of things happen. A goalkeeper can win you a game as well as a striker. This truth, it has been rooted for far too long. It’s up to us to make it evolve”, added the Chelsea goalkeeper.
“Mané is in the race for the Ballon d’Or and the C1 will be a turning point”
This Saturday, Edouard Mendy will support his compatriot Sadio Mané, during the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid: “I want Sadio Mané to win the Champions League of course. He is having an exceptional season, he is in the running for the Ballon d’Or and the Champions League will mark a turning point. He plays against his biggest competitor. Whoever emerges victorious will score a lot of points.
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The Senegalese international also had tender words for Karim Benzema, who eliminated Chelsea this season in C1: “Karim Benzema is one of the best strikers but when you play in the Premier League you play against the best in the position in the world. He is one of them. He has been at a very high level for a very long time. Whatever happens to him, he deserves it enormously, whether in club and the recall in selection which dates from last year. He worked for and it is quite logical that he performs at this level”.
Edouard Mendy returned to the magnificent coronation of Senegal at the CAN and has ambitions for the World Cup: “We had never won this trophy. Everyone knows Senegal as a country that produces a lot of talent but couldn’t achieve a title. We had the generation, the right mix of experience, talent and youth. All this mixed with a very good coach who has done great things with this selection for years now. It is a continuous work. What the coach and his staff have done is simply exceptional. In Africa, it must be underlined. Today we won the African Cup and I think it was a competition where there was the least debate”.
“We were the best team in the tournament. In addition, we started with 10 cases of Covid. It took three games to recover everyone. And from the 8th to the final, I think it There was no debate. We grew out of this trophy but it won’t give us wings. We continue to be Senegal and make the Senegalese people proud. We’re going to go (to the World Cup) with a lot of humility but also a lot of determination“, concluded the Chelsea goalkeeper.