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Chelsea’s Rudiger questions Mendy’s omission from Ballon d’Or shortlist

Antonio Rudiger is baffled by the exclusion of Edouard Mendy from the Ballon d’Or shortlist.

The Germany international made the admission following the 29-year-old’s impressive performance in Chelsea’s 1-0 triumph over Brentford on Saturday.

Mendy made several crucial saves to prevent Thomas Frank’s men from reestablishing parity after Chelsea took the lead through Ben Chilwell at halftime.

Bolstered by the performance, Rudiger took to social media to question why the African goalkeeper hadn’t been among the best footballers in the world.

“Does anyone explain why he is not nominated for the Ballon d’Or?” What a performance… Edouard Mendy ”, the former star of AS Roma and VfB Stuttgart tweeted.

The list of the 30 men of the most illustrious individual prize in football was revealed on Friday by France Football, the Senegalese international being largely absent.

Mendy has been a key figure in Thomas Tuchel’s side following his arrival at Stamford Bridge from Ligue 1 club Rennes.

In the 2020-21 campaign, he helped Londoners win the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup, while keeping Spain international Kepa Arrizabalaga glued to the substitutes’ bench.

Manager Tuchel also praised his goalkeeper performance.

“They were always dangerous on set pieces, they put a lot of free kicks, corners, free kicks in your box so he’s a constant threat and he was very strong and very focused in our construction game as well. , a very good performance ”, he declared. the club website.

Meanwhile, ex-England star Gary Neville hailed the Senegalese as the main difference as the Blues remain in contention for the league tiara.

“He was absolutely brilliant,” Neville said on Sky Sports.

“If you want to win the title, you’ll have games in a season where you might not deserve to win, but your goalie makes a couple of world-class saves.

“He made the difference. Kepa in goal last season for Chelsea was a big deal, goals coming in far too easily.

“It’s much more difficult to score against Chelsea, not just because of the change in the last five with the arrival of Thomas Tuchel – but also the goalkeeper.”

Mendy is expected to be in goal when Chelsea take on top Swedish side Malmo FF in Wednesday’s Champions League fixture.

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