In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, a Senegalese pair are shocked at Mendy's Ballon d'Or omission, the Brentford boss speaks highly of a Blues defender and Gudjohnsen's sons combine for Iceland.
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Mendy’s team-mates unhappy with Ballon d’Or omission
Sadio Mane and Kalidou Koulibaly have both outlined their shock at Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy failing to make the Ballon d’Or shortlist.
The candidates for this year’s coveted prize were released last Friday with five Chelsea players named on the list.
The Blues shot stopper was instead nominated for the Yashin Trophy, which is a separate award for the world’s best goalkeeper, after becoming the first African keeper to win the Champions League.
‘Speaking after a 4-1 win over Namibia in World Cup qualification on the weekend, Liverpool star Mane stated: “It is unacceptable. I do not understand”,’ a story in the Evening Standard reported.
‘Napoli defender Koulibaly intimated that players such as himself and Mendy have to work twice as hard to be recognised alongside their peers.
‘The 30-year-old, who was nominated for the 2019 award, told local media: “It’s a real shame that Edou isn’t one of them. He is the first African goalkeeper to win the Champions League.
‘”We must continue to work and move forward. We have to do double [the work] of some people to be well judged.
‘”Edou is a very positive person. We talked about it together. He will continue to fight to be part of it. For me, he has a place among these 30 players”.’
Brentford boss lauds ability of Blues defender
Brentford boss Thomas Frank has spoken strongly about his admiration for Blues and Denmark defender Andreas Christensen.
Frank previously managed Christensen in the Denmark national team’s youth set-up and has enjoyed watching the centre-back develop over the years.
In a story by the Metro, citing an interview with Danish outlet Bold, Frank claims our number four is ‘one of the best defenders in the world.’
‘He has always been enormously intelligent on the pitch, meaning very quick to anticipate all situations offensively and defensively.
‘He is technically hugely strong for a defender in terms of bringing the ball forward, passing and making good choices.
‘He is also foresighted and fast at the same time, so it’s almost the complete package,’ Frank said.
The centre-back has started five of Chelsea’s seven Premier League matches so far this season and both Champions League fixtures, and will meet the Brentford boss on Saturday when we visit the Brentford Community Stadium.
Gudjohnsen’s two sons combine for Iceland goal
Eidur Gudjohnsen’s two sons have inherited their father’s fine form in front of goal as they combined to score Iceland’s fourth in their 4-0 win against Liechtenstein.
Brothers Andri and Sveinn are the third generation of the Gudjohnsen family to play for the Icelandic national team after their father Eidur and grandfather Arnor.
‘Chelsea icon Eidur, who is Iceland's top scorer and current assistant manager, even replaced his dad for his international debut in 1996, but the two never played together,’ a story in The Sun reports.
‘However his boys Andri, 19, and Sveinn, 23, are making their mark playing alongside each other as shown in Monday's 4-0 World Cup qualifying win.
‘The pair came off the bench to combine for the 89th minute goal as Elfsborg forward Sveinn found the Real Madrid youngster with a neat header across the box.
‘And Andri snapped up the chance as his half volley bounced into the bottom left corner to bring up his second goal in his fourth Iceland appearance.’