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Mendy explains why he’s enjoying working under ‘expressive’ Tuchel ahead of ‘tough’ Man Utd clash

Chelsea stopper Edouard Mendy has explained why he’s enjoying working under new manager Thomas Tuchel, ahead of a crucial clash with Manchester United this weekend.

The Senegal international joined the Blues in the summer as part of their expensive recruitment and has since gone on to become the club’s number one after some promising showings during his debut season at Stamford Bridge.

The 28-year-old was signed by former manager Frank Lampard before his sacking last month, with Chelsea having since made a solid start to new manager Tuchel’s reign at the club.

Since his arrival at the end of January, the Blues are yet to lose a game in all competitions, with their latest match seeing them clinch a vital 1-0 away win against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, courtesy of a stunning Olivier Giroud overhead kick.

That clean sheet against the La Liga leaders means that Tuchel’s men have conceded just twice in his eight-game reign thus far, with Mendy playing a pivotal role in that excellent record.

While it’s early days under the former Borussia Dortmund boss, Mendy has revealed that he’s enjoying working under such an ‘expressive’ manager.

“The coach gives confidence to all the players,” Mendy said, as per the Mirror. “We know what he wants so when we are on the pitch we have to show why he has chosen us.

“It’s very positive for all the players because he gives us a lot of confidence and we need to improve and to play great football when we are on the pitch.

“He is very expressive. He shows when he likes something. When you did well on the pitch and every day at training and in the game he pushes you. He stays positive but he also shows his determination and that is good for me and the team.”

Chelsea are currently in fifth in the Premier League and just two points off the top four, with a ‘tough game’ to come against Manchester United at the weekend.

“We work for that. We work to win every game and yes we are still near the top of the league, we have a second leg against Atletico and yes we want more. To win every game. And we work for that.

“Man United is a very tough game. We remember the first game. It was very tough. This team plays very well. We play at Stamford Bridge so we have to show that we want to win this game because it’s a really important game for the league.”

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