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Tuchel makes confession over Chelsea star’s form

Edouard Mendy
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The Senegal international had an unusually bad game and seemed short of confidence in Chelsea’s surprise derby defeat.

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted that Edouard Mendy appears to have ‘lost a bit of confidence’.

The goalkeeper made two critical errors that led to goals for West Ham as the Hammers sprung a 3-2 defeat on London rivals Chelsea, sending the Blues down to third-place in the Premier League.

First, Mendy gave away the penalty that allowed Manuel Lanzini to draw the scoreline level at 1-1. Then late in the game, with the score tied at 2-2, Arthur Masuaku caught the Senegalese out of position to score a late match-winner for West Ham.

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“Edou is going through a rough period, I don’t know why exactly but he seems to have lost a bit of confidence,” Tuchel said on the club’s website.

“His decision making was not on the highest level [on Saturday] but with the first goal we also put him in a really awkward situation. He could have saved the situation, he did not, and we are far away from blaming anybody but we need to admit that we do too many crucial mistakes at the moment that cost us a potential win against Man United and cost us [on Saturday] a potential win.”

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Regardless, Mendy has still kept seven clean sheets in his opening 14 Premier League games this season and conceded just nine times.

The 29-year-old hopes to get back on form for Chelsea’s Group H finale at Zenit on Wednesday in the Champions League.