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Mendy: Goalkeeper's early success lays firm Chelsea foundation for Lampard


The Senegal stopper's three clean sheets in four games suggests the Blues now have a dependable man between the sticks after Kepa’s struggles

To fully understand why Chelsea’s draw with Manchester United was so encouraging, especially for the former, it's important to understand the context to the goalless encounter.

Saturday’s stalemate was a damp squib, with both sides seemingly more interested in not getting beaten after mixed starts to the 2020/21 season. Manchester United had lost their opening two Premier League games at Old Trafford — 3-1 vs Crystal Palace and 6-1 against old boss Jose Mourinho, who manages Tottenham Hotspur these days — so another defeat was non-negotiable.

For Frank Lampard’s troops, the bore draw, in some way, signalled progress despite offering little going forward. In last season’s opener, a naive Blues side were thrashed 4-0 even though they’d matched the Red Devils for majority of the encounter.

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