‘From a different planet’: Thomas Frank says Chelsea player was unbelievable in the last PL meeting with Brentford

Brentford boss Thomas Frank poured praise over Edouard Mendy ahead of his side’s Premier League trip to Chelsea tomorrow.

Frank name-checked the Senegal international during his press conference ahead of Saturday’s showdown at Stamford Bridge.

Magical Mendy

It is no surprise that the king of the Bees spoke about Mendy so glowingly, considering the impact he had on the previous league meeting between the two teams.

Chelsea’s goalkeeper had an unforgettable evening when Thomas Tuchel’s men travelled across town to Brentford’s stadium in the middle of October.

The Blues overall endured a seriously difficult test in the capital, hindered by the absences of key personnel such as Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger.

Ben Chilwell’s goal on the stroke of half-time eventually decided the tie, but without Mendy, Brentford would’ve walked away with at least one point.

Time after time, the ‘keeper kept his opponents at bay with an array of different saves.

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He denied Pontus Jansson from point-blank range, before tipping Christian Norgaard’s acrobatic effort over the bar, showcasing a few more stops beforehand as well.

Frank credited Mendy’s man of the match performance shortly after that particular contest, calling him ‘world-class’ and ‘crazy good’.

Edouard out of this world

The Danish coach was back on the compliments once again whilst recalling Brentford’s 1-0 loss at the hands of Chelsea.

 “I think the first 60 minutes, we defended very well and gave very little away. The last 25-30 minutes, we changed the system a little bit,” he said.

“Mendy was from a different planet that day.”

Mendy’s heroics might be needed again this weekend, as Brentford aim to bounce back from their defeat before the international break.

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Meanwhile, Chelsea will have eyes on closing the gap once again between themselves on Manchester City.

After winning five on the spin in the top flight, Tuchel is just 11-points behind Pep Guardiola with an all-important game in hand.

Please don’t spoil the party, Brentford.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces 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.