Andreas Christensen was full of plaudits for Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, after his incredible Man of the Match performance in our 1-0 victory at Brentford, as well as praising the ‘patience’ shown by Ben Chilwell.
The Senegalese international kept his 20th Premier League clean sheet in 38 games at the weekend, despite facing seven shots on target and plenty of late pressure from the hosts.
The Blues have conceded just three goals and have kept a clean sheet in five of eight Premier League games so far, with our defensive solidity once again put to the test at Brentford.
Christensen was joined in a back three by Trevoh Chalobah and Premier League debutant Malang Sarr, with the trio impressing as we kept a clean sheet but the majority of praise from our Danish defender was reserved for our Senegalese keeper.
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‘He showed on Saturday he is one of the top keepers in the world, not just the Premier League. He is a top goalkeeper,’ Christensen said. ‘You can see how important he is to us, to the team. Yet again we are lucky we have him.
‘People can see and recognise what he can do and the quality he has. It is hard when you watch him every day because you don’t see the process. We just enjoy having him here. He was always a confident goalkeeper when he came in.
‘He is very loud on the pitch and really nice, confident guy off the pitch. He is trying to just help us every time. There were a lot of set pieces against us and we had to work hard not to concede.
‘He is putting jobs on all of us that he wants us to do which is great. And if he feels safe that is a great thing. It gives him space to do what he can do, so we will listen to what he says.’
When asked about the team’s impressive defensive record, Christensen points out that the team’s aim has always been to build from the back and the amount of clean sheets the Blues are clocking up is something the Dane is very proud of.
‘It is something we are working on as a unit and something we are taking very seriously,’ added Andreas. ‘We know that if we keep clean sheets we will get a lot of points.
‘We are by no means a defensive team but we know that if we get that right we have a big chance of winning games with the quality we have up front. Not conceding is where we start and then we must score goals.
After his second successive start, Christensen was quick to also praise Ben Chilwell following his sweet left-footed strike just before the break that proved to be the eventual winner.
‘He always stayed patient, is a very happy guy and we see that every day,’ Christensen said of our left wing-back.
‘His mood hasn’t changed. Obviously, it is frustrating for him when he is not playing but now he has to work through it.
‘He deserves everything and all the success right now. Three goals in three games and I am happy he kept his patience and kept working hard.’