Antonio Rudiger has asked why Chelsea star Edouard Mendy has not been nominated for the Ballon d’Or award after his heroic performance on the weekend. 

Rudiger, who was absent through injury on Saturday evening, watched his Chelsea teammates battle to a 1-0 away victory against Brentford. 

In-form defender Ben Chilwell was the match-winner with his stunning half-volley at the end of the first half.  The result means Thomas Tuchel’s side are back on top of the Premier League table. 

But, the star of the show was Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Chelsea had to show their incredible defensive resilience to keep a clean sheet, as the quality of Tuchel’s structure once again paid off. 

Mendy was like a man possessed in the final 20 minutes to keep frustrating Brentford. For instance, he denied an overhead kick in injury time. In addition, pulled off a spectacular save from Pontus Jansson from point black with his face after spreading his body wide.

 

Rudiger praised the Chelsea number one after his Brentford heroics with a 15-word message:

Mendy deserved Ballon d’Or recognition

Of course, individual awards aren’t the most important thing in the game.

However, it’s a real shame that Mendy wasn’t named on the Ballon d’Or’s 30-man shortlist after the impact he’s had at Stamford Bridge over the last 12 months.

He’s a gargantuan in net for Chelsea and goes from strength to strength.

Jody Morris even reckons his performances this season have been up there with the quality of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

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Brentford will have nightmares about Mendy

Brentford aren’t going to come up against a goalkeeper this season in better form than what Mendy showed today.

Their team will be left stunned that they couldn’t find a way past the Chelsea number one.

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