'Isn't better': World Cup manager insists 30-year-old Chelsea player is just as good as Tottenham's £12m star

Senegal manager Aliou Cisse believes Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is equal to Tottenham Hotspurs’ Hugo Lloris.

Speaking to the New York Times, Cisse insisted his players from Stamford Bridge are on the same level or even above those from other countries.

Senegal certainly possesses the talent to surprise some at the World Cup in Qatar this summer.

Their squad is packed with well-known names from across Europe’s most prominent divisions, although Sadio Mane’s omission through injury will be a huge loss.

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Mendy will likely start in goal, having been the hero in the Africa Cup of Nations final earlier in February.

Ahead the 30-year-old ‘keeper is fellow Chelsea teammate and international captain Kalidou Koulibaly.

Both defensive-minded individuals will provide a bed-rock for the Lions of Teranga to try and tear up their opponents.

They could be vital to Senegal’s potential venture through the tournament, with Cisse putting them on a pedestal alongside some of the world’s very best in the same position.

“When I look at my midfielders, my defenders, my goalkeeper, I have nothing to envy to, say, France or Spain,” he proudly professed.

“Kalidou Koulibaly is as valuable as Marquinhos for Brazil or John Stones for England. Hugo Lloris isn’t better than Edouard Mendy.”

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Mendy or Lloris?

Spurs fans might not agree with this statement, so perhaps it’s best to delve into the facts and figures to find an answer.

Mendy has admittedly missed the mark on several occasions this season, keeping just one clean sheet in his nine Premier League appearances.

Lloris meanwhile has earned four shut-outs in the league, but is six games ahead of his fellow gloved guardian.

Tottenham’s £12m captain has also made almost double the number of saves (45) as Chelsea’s goalie this term (25).

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Lloris also bettered Mendy for clean sheets and saves in the previous league campaign as well.

Blues supporters will argue that their number one has the edge in knockout competitions, like the Champions League or Africa Cup of Nations.

Maybe the only way to decide the winner is if Senegal and France face each other at the World Cup.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."