Mendy Equals And Breaks Clean Sheet Records In Champions League

Mendy Equals And Breaks Clean Sheet Records In Champions League 5

The Senegal star was barely tested as he joined Santiago Canizares and Keylor Navas in an exclusive club
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy equalled the Champions League’s clean sheet record on Saturday after Manchester City became the latest side to be frustrated by the towering Senegal international.

City found no way past the 29-year-old over 90 minutes and went down 1-0 in the final, with Kai Havertz scoring the only goal of the game just before half-time.

It was the Blues’ second Champions League crown and, while there are plenty of heroes in their squad, few did 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 this season’s Champions League.

Only two keepers have ever reached that number in a single campaign, meaning the Chelsea star joins an extremely exclusive club.

Both previous record holders set their mark with Spanish sides: Santiago Canizares for Valencia in the 2000-01 competition and Keylor Navas for Real Madrid in 2015-16.

Mendy, though, is the first goalkeeper to register nine clean sheets in his first-ever Champions League campaign.

Credit must also be given to the Chelsea rearguard, which allowed just one shot on target from City throughout the 90 minutes and made Mendy’s task far more straightforward than might have been expected before kick-off.

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