Thomas Tuchel has defended ‘unlucky’ Edouard Mendy and insists he is not worried about the Chelsea goalkeeper’s form.
Mendy, who joined Chelsea in 2020 for £22m, put in another shaky performance in the club’s 2-1 Premier League win over West Ham on Saturday.
The Senegalese shot-stopper was penalized for a tame shot when Michail Antonio put the Hammers ahead and was given a major reprieve late on when Maxwel Cornet’s equalizer was controversially ruled out for a foul by Jarrod Bowen.
Mendy helped Chelsea win the Champions League in 2021 but his performances have declined since then and he has struggled in several games already this season.
Tuchel acknowledged that “things don’t go his way” but pledged to “support” Mendy, who he believes is suffering from a losing streak.
“I think at the moment he’s a bit unlucky in what he’s doing,” said Tuchel of his No. 1 goalkeeper.
“He’s fantastic in training and he’s generally a very calm and self-reflective guy who knows he’s missing a bit of luck at the moment.
‘Things are not going in his favor. If he has a situation where his actions are not 100% clear, he will be severely punished for it.
“He’s just in this moment and it feels like it’s not his fault so much. I feel like because he’s trying everything, he’s very calm and focused. We will continue to support him.”
Tuchel felt VAR made the right call to refuse West Ham’s late equalizer at Stamford Bridge, but David Moyes was furious with the decision.
“It’s a scandalous decision, absolutely lazy by one of the supposedly elite referees,” Moyes told Sky Sports. “It doesn’t say much about who sent him from VAR either.
“This is an unbelievable decision against us. The keeper comes to take it and fumbles it out of his hands. Then he pretended it was a shoulder injury.
“I am amazed that VAR sent the referee on screen. It was a ridiculously bad decision. Today there is no excuse for this not being a goal, none at all.
“The sad thing is that this is the level of our elite referees at the moment. They have new leaders trying to make a difference.
“I lost faith in them today, in the people who champion VAR. After seeing it, I can’t see how the goal was not given.
“The umpires said they were reducing the soft challenges and that was incredibly soft.
“Referees can make mistakes. I haven’t seen that in a million years. I’m more ashamed of the guy in VAR than the referee because that’s what someone who doesn’t understand football is telling me and shouldn’t be near the game when that’s enough to get someone close to the screen.
West Ham captain Declan Rice also vented his anger on social media, writing: “That’s up there with one of the worst VAR decisions made since it came into play. shards.
“I can’t believe the referee was even asked to look at the monitor! Can’t see how they came to that decision.’
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