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Joe Cole jumps in defense of Edouard Mendy after Chelsea star’s horror show in West Ham defeat


Joe Cole leaps to Edouard Mendy’s defense after the Chelsea star’s horror show at West Ham, when he conceded a penalty and was beaten by a winner’s cross – insisting ‘keepers are people, not ROBOTS’

  • Edouard Mendy was guilty of two goals in Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham
  • The Senegalese goalkeeper was generally in excellent shape this campaign
  • And former Blues star Joe Cole defended Mendy, calling the winner a ‘freak goal’
  • Boss Thomas Tuchel stated he should have been nominated for the Ballon d’Or

Joe Cole has defended Edouard Mendy vigorously after the Chelsea goalkeeper made two crucial mistakes in a 3-2 defeat to rivals West Ham.

The Senegalese goalkeeper challenged the ball before conceding a penalty for a foul on Jarrod Bowen – scored by Manuel Lanzini – before Arthur Masuaku’s unusual late try sailed past him and decided the game with three minutes remaining.

But former Blues star Cole insisted the winner was a “freak goal” and that you “couldn’t blame” Mendy for the mistakes.

Joe Cole has defended Edouard Mendy after two errors in a 3-2 loss to West Ham

Chelsea goalkeeper conceded a penalty and failed to stop Arthur Masuaku's late winner

Chelsea goalkeeper conceded a penalty and failed to stop Arthur Masuaku’s late winner

He said: ‘Mendy was guilty of the penalty. That was an insane goal. You can’t blame him. He’s been excellent for so long.

‘Keepers are people, not robots. It would take something like that to beat this Chelsea team – a world class goal or something extraordinary.”

After Gianfranco Zola insisted that Masuaku’s winner was ‘definitely’ meant to be a cross, fellow pundit Rio Ferdinand added: ‘It doesn’t matter, right? (Was there a deflection?) I don’t know.

But former Blues star Cole (pictured above) insisted you

But former Blues star Cole (pictured above) insisted you “couldn’t blame” Mendy for the mistakes

“The run is what makes Antonio. He just gets that yard. He doesn’t take it well from there. There’s no way he’ll come out of the locker room after that and try to tell us he meant it.’

Lanzini’s successful goal equalized after Thiago Silva opened the score from a set-piece. Although Mason Mount gave the visitors the lead just before half-time, Bowen and Masuaku scored and gave the Hammers three points.

The result could mean Thomas Tuchel’s side will be overtaken by Liverpool or Manchester City, with both title contenders playing against Wolves and Watford respectively later on Saturday.



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