Chelsea as soon as went 1,024 minutes with out conceding a single purpose within the Premier League.
Between December 2004 and March 2005, it took 89 days for Petr Cech to be crushed.
Quick ahead 15 years and the Blues very hardly ever go 89 minutes with out Kepa Arrizabalaga selecting the ball out of his personal web.
The Spaniard’s time at Stamford Bridge is unquestionably up following his newest horror present in the course of the 2-Zero defeat to Liverpool.
Having entered the season with doubts hanging over him, Kepa’s opening show in opposition to Brighton resulted in additional questions.
And if he didn’t already, Frank Lampard absolutely has his solutions now after Kepa gifted the ball to Sadio Mane on Sunday.
Following numerous errors, this was the most important of the lot and absolutely seals his destiny.
Cech, the legendary goalkeeper turned technical director at Chelsea, has recognized Edouard Mendy as the answer to the issue.
It’s understood the Blues have agreed a £22million deal to signal the goalkeeper from Rennes and will announce the switch imminently.
Mockingly, the person in command of recruiting Mendy can also be the person he should stay as much as at Stamford Bridge.
Much more ironic is the truth that Cech additionally arrived from Rennes, becoming a member of Jose Mourinho’s facet in 2004.
Cech is the membership’s biggest goalkeeper of all time following a glittering 11-year profession on the membership.
If Mendy achieves even 1 / 4 of what Cech did, followers will love him.
Petr Cech at Chelsea
Whereas Kepa turned the world’s most costly goalkeeper following his £71m arrival in 2018, Cech was solely £7m.
And even should you added an Zero to his price ticket, Cech would’ve been a cut price.
Chelsea will know all about negotiating with Rennes following their efforts to signal the Czech Republic icon.
Francois-Henri Pinault, the billionaire businessman who stays proprietor of the French membership, didn’t let Cech go with out a struggle.
“When Chelsea got here in, an enormous membership with big potential and ambition, I wished to go,” Cech mentioned earlier this 12 months.
“I pushed slightly bit and ultimately the golf equipment managed to get the settlement. Chelsea wished me to maneuver in January so if Carlo Cudicini was injured that they had the choice of enjoying me, however Monsieur Pinault wouldn’t permit that. He mentioned if I went it needed to be on the finish of the season.”
At 21, Cech arrived at Chelsea in July 2004 and commenced an outstanding profession.
Eleven years, 4 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, three League Cups and one Champions League triumph later, he left Stamford Bridge as an all-time nice.
Alongside the way in which, Cech set a brand new file for clear sheets in a single Premier League season with 28 in 2004/05, and saved an astonishing complete of 228 clear sheets in 494 appearances.
His most vital contribution got here within the 2012 Champions League ultimate, when he saved three penalties to safe probably the most well-known evening in Chelsea’s historical past.
No strain, Mendy.
Can Mendy fill Cech’s boots?
It’s probably Cech was closely concerned within the transfer to carry Mendy to Stamford Bridge, given his function as technical director and his relationship with Rennes.
In order that’s fairly the endorsement for the 28-year-old Senegal worldwide.
And whereas dwelling as much as Cech would be the long-term purpose, bettering on the performances of Kepa will likely be a comparatively simple process to start with.
Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018/19 and 2019/20 (Premier League)
Objectives conceded: 86
Minutes per purpose conceded: 72
Share of photographs saved: 61.3
Clear sheets: 22
Edouard Mendy in 2018/19 and 2019/20 (Ligue 1)
Objectives conceded: 61
Minutes per purpose conceded: 91
Share of photographs saved: 73.8
Clear sheets: 23
Former Chelsea man Frank Leboeuf has no doubts Mendy will likely be a success at Stamford Bridge.
“He had an excellent season at Rennes, I’m very assured that he can do the job significantly better than Kepa and even [Willy] Caballero,” Leboeuf instructed ESPN FC.
“I don’t know if there’s one other goalkeeper that Chelsea may discover, however for that amount of cash it’s a cut price to have Mendy.
“He’s a tall goalkeeper, very agile and I’m positive he’s going to do the job.”
If he’s something just like the final participant Chelsea signed from Rennes, then we expect he is perhaps alright.