Chelsea goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy admits to being taken aback by Premier League’s intensity.
The Senegal international came over from Stade Rennais last summer as Chelsea’s need to upgrade from Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Mendy has kept an impressive tally of 22 cleansheets in 38 appearances for the Blues this term. He told Chelsea’s club website, “Yes, the intensity. There is a lot more intensity than in France. When I saw games in England, I thought that, but when you live the situation, it’s different.
“It’s very difficult because compared to France the goalkeeper is not protected. Opponents can block you and stop you coming out of your goal, but contact is something I like. It doesn’t affect me.
“Also, in December you don’t have a break. It was a new thing for me. I liked it. Of course, when you come in England, you think about fans. The atmosphere in England is amazing, but unfortunately, I cannot see that yet, but I hope soon.”
Chelsea’s defensive numbers have overall improved this season under Thomas Tuchel. They are far more resolute than they looked under Frank Lampard and it is clearly serving them well on the pitch.