Chelsea finished third in the Premier League last season and lost two cup finals against Liverpool. That is the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup. As the defending champions of the Champions League, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Champions League by eventual winners Real Madrid.
The Blues manage to win the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. Edouard Mendy kept 14 clean sheets in 34 Premier League appearances for Chelsea last season.
However, Edouard Mendy believes Chelsea has to be ambitious and Challenge for every trophy in England and Europe. Mendy also insisted that the gap between Chelsea and the two most dominant teams in the Premier League, that is Manchester City and Liverpool is not that huge despite finishing 19 and 18 points behind them respectively last season in the Premier League.
What did Edouard Mendy say about Chelsea’s prospects next season?
In an interview with Chelsea’s official website, The FIFA best men Goalkeeper of the year said: “Now it’s time to work.
“Let’s see how the season will start. When you play for Chelsea, you play for the Champions League, for the national cups, and of course for the top four, so we have to be ambitious.
“If you think about last year, until December we were close but then we had a lot of things against us like injury and COVID cases, and we lost a bit our level of performance.
“If you watch our games against Liverpool and Man City last year, I don’t think you can see a big gap between us and them so we just need this year to start well, keep our performance, and let’s see what happens.”
Mendy also reacted after he was shortlisted among the ten players for the CAF player of the year award.
The 30-year-old Senegalese international had an impressive year for both club and country. He was named African Cup of Nations Goalkeeper of the tournaments after helping Senegal win their maiden AFCON trophy.
The Chelsea Shot stopper was also influential as Senegal defeated Egypt to book their place in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He will be hoping to be the third Goalkeeper to win the prestigious individual award after Cameroon’s Thomas N’Kono and Ezzaki Badou from Morocco since its inception in 1970.
Mendy added: “It is a big honor for me, for my family, for my country, and the goalkeepers as well because the last goalkeeper who won this trophy was almost 40 years ago.
“So like I say, it is a huge honor as in Africa it’s a big issue.”
The Chelsea Goalkeeper continued: “I prefer not thinking about this but yeah, it’s something great.
“I spoke with Sadio [Mane] who has already won one, and he told me it’s something great for your career and from what you come from, so let’s see.
“It’s tough, we have some legends [nominated], and that’s why I prefer to be focused on the pre-season with my teammates.”