Edouard Mendy has hailed Thomas Tuchel as a ‘real leader’ and has praised Chelsea’s all round ‘defensive teamwork’.
Chelsea have enjoyed a notable turnaround in fortunes since Tuchel’s appointment as head coach in January, their improvement over the second half of last season leading to Champions League glory.
The west London side’s improvement included a new-found defensive strength following the German’s change to a wing-back system and Mendy – who has kept 26 clean sheets in just 46 appearances for Chelsea – has hailed the impact of Tuchel since his arrival at Stamford Bridge.
“He is a real leader,” Mendy told the Chelsea website.
“The idea of a group is something that the coach has directly established.
“It is something that got stronger with good results. We saw that when we gave great performances. Every time we gave great performances, they were great collective performances.
“So, that shows you that we have only succeeded as a team, and that forges closer bonds between us. On the pitch, we play for our brothers because we are a family, and we do things as a family.”
Chelsea began the new Premier League season with yet another a clean sheet following a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend, and Mendy has discussed the club’s improvement defensively, with the goalkeeper having benefitted from the new style and system.
“The defence works as a team. It is not just down to me or the defenders in front of me,” he said.
“It is defensive teamwork that starts with the strikers and finishes with me. We see very well when we press that we are very active when we recover very high balls.
“And, when the opponent has possession, we see that we are a difficult block to get through because the whole line moves very well and it’s very difficult to get through our block.”
Mendy only signed for Chelsea from Rennes last summer but enjoyed an impressive debut campaign, with the Senegal international having discussed his ambitions following a memorable season last term.
“For me the most important thing is to be the best for my team,” he added.
“Being the best for my club means being the best every day and being the best I can on the pitch, helping my team to win trophies. I’ve progressed every year, and I did last year too, and that’s something I want to do every year; it’s something I want all the time.
“I strive to progress, to be the best for my team, and in particular, to keep winning trophies for this club.”