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Chelsea vs Sevilla: Edouard Mendy impresses in Champions League stalemate - 5 things we learned

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A quiet opening saw few clear-cut chances, but the Spaniards almost grabbed an early lead when Nemanja Gudelj’s header deflected off Kurt Zouma and appeared destined for the middle of the net until Mendy clawed the ball away.

And the German was left frustrated after failing to connect cleanly on the stroke of half-time after Sevilla failed to clear a Mason Mount through ball into the path of Kai Havertz.

Barking and orchestrating the play alongside N’Golo Kante in what appears to be Lampard’s preferred midfield shape, the Italy international’s influence here was as much to do with disrupting Sevilla as painting a picture with his sweeping passes.

It’s the lack of fuss surrounding Mendy’s work that impresses too, but for all the drama surrounding Kepa Arrizabalaga, patience and a sustained run of games will be needed to discover quite how much a competent goalkeeper can elevate this Chelsea side’s potential.

The Senegalese appears able to freeze time in the manner he moves towards the ball and immediately justified his selection following Nemanja Gudelj’s deflected header from close range, which saw an outstretched glove not only prevent a goal for the Spaniards, but divert the ball to safety.

Still not fully fit, but such is Frank Lampard’s desperation to obtain reliability between the sticks, that Edouard Mendy started here - while Petr Cech was shockingly included in the Blues’ Premier League squad as a fourth option in an emergency.

Just two starts since returning from injury, the situation will clearly become clearer, but while Ben Chilwell’s movement from deep may see Chelsea more exposed with a free-flowing Pulisic on the left, Lampard may need to be daring to rediscover arguably his most devastating player.
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