Chelsea can’t seem to catch a break from goalkeeping drama as summer signing Edouard Mendy kept Blues fans on the edge of their seats on Saturday.
Frank Lampard confirmed Mendy has replaced west London flop Kepa Arrizabalaga as his new No 1 keeper after a £22m move from Rennes, and started against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
He almost made Lampard regret that decision 29 minutes into the Old Trafford clash, going horrendously close to scoring an own-goal.
The Blues were coolly playing the ball across the back-line before Kurt Zouma rolled a pass back to the 28-year-old, who took a touch and looked to find Thiago Silva.
Instead Mendy mis-hit the ball which rolled across the face of goal, coming frighteningly close to the goal-line and out for a corner to the hosts.
The Senegalese star kept cool but Blues fans certainly didn’t, with one writing: ‘Did someone else feel that small heart attack produced by Mendy? Just asking…’
An Arsenal fan added: ‘Mendy been watching Cech a little too closely in training,’ pointed out the likeness to a scare the Chelsea legend had for the Gunners.
Now a director at the club, Cech ended his career with the Blues’ London rivals as his powers faded, but was included in Frank Lampard’s Premier League squad earlier this week as emergency cover.
In Arsenal’s opening match of 2018-19 against Manchester City, Matteo Guendouzi knocked the ball back to Cech only for the Czech to scuff his pass aimed at Hector Bellerin, skimming the post even closer than Mendy’s effort.
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