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The best goalkeeper in the world? Chelsea hero Mendy despite "unacceptable" Ballon d'Or snub

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy didn't make the 30-man shortlist for the 2021 Ballon d'Or but his performance against Brentford on Saturday only supported the argument that he is now one of the best goalkeepers in the world (Author: Gardener)

Whether it was when he was out of work with a career change ahead of him in 2016, or when eyebrows were raised as to why Chelsea spent £ 22m ($ 29m) on him twelve months ago, the Blues goalkeeper was routinely underrated and misunderstood. Perhaps it came as no surprise to Mendy that despite an outstanding year between the sticks at Stamford Bridge, he was removed from the shortlist of nominees for the 2021 Ballon d'Or. I don't understand, "said Mendy's Senegalese team-mate Sadio Mane when he heard the news during the international break." To be honest, I am very proud to represent my country and to be among the 10 best goalkeepers in the world on his nomination for France Football's Yashin Trophy, which honors the best shooter of the year: "In just one year [at Chelsea] it's a very good thing. I'm not happy with that, I have a lot of ambitions, but the time has come. "A good move. Mendy, you know, likes to talk on the pitch, even though his words suggested he felt he was proving something , his performance against Brentford on Saturday was certain. Although Ben Chilwell scored the only goal in the Blues 1-0 win at Brentford Community Stadium, Mendy turned out to be the match winner for Thomas Tuchel's side. The Rennes star gradually made more impressive saves as the game drew to a close. "You could have scored easily, we have to admit, but Edou was too strong and it's three points for us," admitted Tuchel with relief after the game after seeing Mendy parry his face up close to challenge Pontus Jansson before tipping Christian Norgaard's bike kick over the bar in stoppage time in the closing stages However, his performance was not just about saves, the 29-year-old also demonstrated a sovereign presence on crosses, showed a lot of attention and position to cut steep balls into the path of the onrushing Ivan Toney. "Mendy was world class," Thomas Frank told reporters after the game. "I think he was amazingly good for Chelsea. I told him it was a bit annoying that he was so good today and I praised him." If you want to win something as a team or a club you need "a fantastic one Keeper and a very good No. 9. Chelsea have one of the best No. 9 in the league with [Romelu] Lukaku, but we kept him calm today. "Chelsea should praise Mendy for signing up against Chelsea gave way more chances than against Man City or Liverpool. Because they have a good goalkeeper, they are number one in the league. "Opta Expected Goals (xG) data shows that Mendy's saves prevented Chelsea from conceding at least three more goals than they normally would in this season - the best for any Premier League goalkeeper in 2021-22. Although he broke the record for most goals conceded for an English team goalkeeper in a single Champions League season, that defensive record was often set as a result respected the organization and discipline that Tuchel had taught his squad, not the individual brilliance of Mendy. He performed excellently in the second leg of the Blues semi-final win against Real Madrid on their way to European champions, but other specific contributions were limited. Perhaps However, there needs to be more discussion about why Chelsea have a newfound confidence in the defense, regardless of who's there pays. It is certainly no coincidence that they now look a lot more comfortable with Mendy behind them than they ever did with Kepa Arrizabalaga; a consequence of the fact that if they fail they will be saved by one of the best in the world. And that's where Mendy's position in the game should be now. Gianluigi Donnarumma is the only goalkeeper among the 30 Ballon d'Or nominees, with the Italian international regularly being named as one of the best in his position alongside Manuel Neuer, Alisson, Jan Oblak and Ederson. Mendy now needs to be included in that elite group, both because he owes it to his accomplishments and to show that the football world is headed in the right direction when it comes to equality. "We have to work twice," said Mendy's compatriot Kalidou Koulibaly when he talked about his international teammate's Ballon d'Or snub. While the debate continues over whether solo awards should be given such importance in a team game, there is no doubt about the symbolic meaning of winning, or even being nominated, an award like the Ballon d'Or for underrepresented communities. And therein lies perhaps the biggest mistake in nominating the first African goalkeeper to ever win the Champions League. Putting him on this well-deserved pedestal would have given hope to other Black players around the world who may previously have been biased when it comes to their skill between the posts. "A lot of people don't see black goalkeepers. There is a general opinion that he has a flaw in him," Leyton Orient goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux said this week. "Not just me, there are a lot of other black goalkeepers who have had to deal with it. I look at Mendy at Chelsea. I had never heard of him when he joined Chelsea but he was great. He paved the way . " for many black goalkeepers. And while this year Mendy may not have received the recognition he deserves from those who give out the game's greatest accolades, he may be doing something far greater with his accomplishments for Chelsea. The Blues are certainly relieved to have him, with Antonio Rüdiger - who missed the Brentford game due to an injury - probably best phrasing it on his Twitter on Saturday night. "Someone explains to me why he's not nominated for the Ballon d'Or. What an achievement - Edouard Mendy."


Chelsea win historic third straight WSL title

Chelsea win a historic third consecutive WSL title in dramatic fashion by beating Manchester United on the final day of the season. (Author: Gardener)

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