The Senegalese international’s record for blank sheets came close to the feat the Costa Rican achieved during his time at Real Madrid
Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy is the second goalkeeper to score 10 clean goals in the UEFA Champions League in fewer appearances.
The Senegalese international put in an incredible performance on Tuesday night as the Blues recorded a 1-0 victory over FC Zenit Saint Petersburg at Stamford Bridge.
As the game looked doomed to a goalless draw, Belgium international Romelu Lukaku scored the decisive goal in the 69th minute thanks to an assist from Cesar Azpilicueta.
Mendy – ably guarded by Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Ruediger – grabbed the handful of testing opportunities created by the Blue-White-Sky Blues.
After preventing the Russian Premier League side from finding their way to the net in England, the African star got his 10th shutout in his 13th appearance.
Only Costa Rican international Keylor Navas reached this mark in fewer games (11) during his stint at Real Madrid, Spain’s elite division.
The 29-year-old goalkeeper was lured to the Rennes Ligue 1 side on a £ 22million ($ 31million) deal as England’s top six kings sought to find stability between the sticks as costly mistakes crept into Kepa Arrizabalaga’s game.
Fortunately, it has since turned out to be one of their bargains, helping Londoners win the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup.
In a recent conversation with GoalFormer Nigeria international Dele Olorundare has claimed that Chelsea’s ambitions for the Premier League title rest largely on Mendy’s shoulders, not Romelu Lukaku.
“Even when Chelsea’s backline looks shaky, Mendy has shown class to put the chestnut out of the fire. He was the reason Arsenal didn’t score a goal despite many attempts, ”Olorundare said.
“Personally, I think he is the key man in their ambition to emerge in the Premier League and not Lukaku as many are already saying.
“Without the Belgian, I still think the Blues have a way to score, but in the goalkeeper zone. Even Képa [Arrizabalaga] can’t do the brilliant job that Mendy is doing right now.
“Moreover, I have the impression that he [Mendy] does not get the accolades it deserves. He is pure class and Chelsea are very lucky to have him in their squad.
Mendy is expected to be in goal when Thomas Tuchel’s men face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League exit on Sunday.