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Premier League intensity shocks Chelsea keeper Mendy

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Edouard Mendy of Chelsea rolls the ball out during the UEFA Champions League Group E stage match between Chelsea FC and FC Sevilla at Stamford Bridge on October 20, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Glyn Kirk - Pool/Getty Images)

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has said he was surprised by the intensity of English football after arriving from Rennes last summer.

It seemingly hasn’t been a problem for the Senegal international, having kept an impressive 22 clean sheets in 38 appearances.

Mendy, participating in a Q&A session, 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.

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“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.”

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