Tuchel backs ‘unlucky’ Mendy as Chelsea goalkeeper’s erratic form continues in West Ham win

Thomas Tuchel professed his support for out-of-form goalkeeper Edouard Mendy after he put on an erratic display in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over West Ham, insisting the Senegal international has been unlucky recently.

Mendy was glued to his goal line from a West Ham corner as Chelsea fell behind on Saturday, Michail Antonio taking advantage of a goalmouth brawl to put the Hammers ahead.

Although substitutes Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz each scored a goal to turn the game around, Mendy was involved again late when Maxwell Cornet had a vicious forehand shot disallowed.

VAR advised referee Andy Madley to verify the goal, ultimately ruling that Jarrod Bowen had fouled Mendy in the build-up.

Visiting manager David Moyes called the decision “scandalous” and “rotten” when he accused Mendy of faking an injury, but Tuchel insisted the goalkeeper was suffering after the incident.

“He was in a lot of pain and we have to see. It’s too early to comment on that,” Tuchel said after the match.

“I think at the moment he’s a bit unlucky in what he’s doing. In training he’s fantastic and he’s generally a very calm and thoughtful guy who is aware that he’s a bit unlucky.” right now.

“Things are not going in his favor. If he has a situation where his action is not 100% clear, he is massively punished.”

“He’s right now and it seems like it’s not so much his fault. I have a feeling because he tries everything, he’s very calm and focused. We’ll continue to support him.”

Despite finally pulling off a much-needed win, Chelsea worked hard for long spells at Stamford Bridge, and Tuchel hopes the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will provide an attacking spark.

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Aubameyang was in the stands at Stamford Bridge and is set to start training with the Blues imminently, although Tuchel is unsure when he will be able to play after sustaining a jaw injury when thieves invaded his home.

“He trains tomorrow, but I can’t tell you if he trains with full contact or individually,” Tuchel revealed.

“We’ll have to see. He has the [protective] mask, and the doctors tell me that the mask is good and he is comfortable with it.

“So that would be fine, but we need to check it, and we need to check it with no contact, half contact and then full contact.

“We need to see how he feels about it. It’s too early to make a prediction, but he’ll be training tomorrow morning and we’ll see.”

Chelsea were the biggest spenders in the Premier League in the transfer window, shelling out substantial fees for the likes of Aubameyang, Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.

But Tuchel believes the stability that the window closure offers will benefit his team, adding: “For us, it’s a huge boost to have the window closed. It’s just like that.

“Now we have the chance to demand full commitment. There is no way out now. We are the Chelsea group that wants to have the best results and results possible.”

“We have to take responsibility now from here. I’m happy with everyone who is in the group. There is a reason for everyone to be in the group.”

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