‘Mendy been watching Cech a little too closely in training’: Twitter goes wild after Chelsea keeper nearly scores a horrendous own goal against Man United… mirroring club legend’s 2018 meltdown for Arsenal
- Chelsea and Manchester United played out a goalless stalemate on Saturday
- Blues fans were given a huge scare by keeper Edouard Mendy in the first half
- Kurt Zouma passed back to Mendy before he almost passed into his own net
- Twitter was set alight by comparisons to a error by Chelsea legend Petr Cech
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.
Edouard Mendy gave Chelsea fans a big scare in the first half against Manchester United
The Senegalese keeper’s ball across the box almost found its way into Chelsea’s own net
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…’
Kepa Arrizabalaga has been ousted in favour of Mendy after a series of dreadful performances
Petr Cech now works at a Chelsea advisor but ended his professional career at Arsenal
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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