Edouard Mendy explains what has changed at Chelsea since Frank Lampard’s sacking

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Edouard Mendy has detailed why Thomas Tuchel’s early reign at Chelsea has been a success. The German has led the Blues to six wins from eight games so far – including a terrific Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard who could only deliver inconsistent results during his time at Stamford Bridge this season.

The German has chopped and changed his starting line ups a few times and cut an animated figure on the touchline. But Mendy has now revealed what he’s brought to the players personally since Lampard’s dismissal.

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

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“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.”

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Tuchel even experimented in the goalkeeper department, starting flop Kepa Arrizabalaga in back to back games. But the German quickly ruled out a comeback for the Spaniard, stating after that Mendy is his No.1 shot-stopper.

After a triumphant win over Atletico Madrid, in which Olivier Giroud scored a vital away goal, Chelsea take on Manchester United next.

United will go into Sunday’s fixture a little less fresh with their Europa League game against Real Sociedad on Thursday. But Mendy is under no illusion how tough the clash will be.

“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.”

Chelsea sit six points behind secon-placed United, in fifth, and know a win would do their top four chances the world of good.

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