Chelsea shot-stopper Edouard Mendy says manager Thomas Tuchel has helped bring a sense of ‘confidence’ back to the team with his ‘expressive’ and clear approach since becoming Blues head coach.
Tuchel remains unbeaten eight matches into his tenure at the club and secured his biggest win yet as on Tuesday after outwitting colleague Diego Simeone in the team’s UEFA Champions League last-16 first-leg win over the La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.
But the 47-year-old tactician has little time to reflect with tough matches coming thick and fast during the coming weeks, starting at home to league rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.
Edouard may have feared for his place as goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was given the nod in successive matches against Barnsley and Newcastle United in the FA Cup and Premier League respectively.
But the Senegalese star has started every game since and appears to be loving life under his new boss.
‘The coach gives confidence to all the players. We know what he wants so when we are on the pitch we have to show why he has chosen us,’ Edouard said.
‘He is very expressive. He shows when he likes something. He stays positive but he also shows his determination and that is good for me and the team.’
In other news, Chelsea have been put on red alert as Manchester City are allegedly planning an audacious double move for Borussia Dortmund pair Erling Braut Haaland and Giovanni Reyna.
The Norwegian’s next career move is the subject of much talk following another stellar season at the Westfalenstadion, with the Blues, Manchester United and Real Madrid all said to be in the hunt for his signature.
In spite of a recent report claiming that Thomas Tuchel’s side were confident of securing Erling’s services, 90Min reports that the Citizens are hopeful of landing Haaland and Reyna for a combined sum in excess of over £100m.