Chelsea: Edouard Mendy's heroic saves in Brentford win after Ballon d'Or snub

Edouard Mendy celebrates after Chelsea beat Brentford 1-0 at the Brentford Community Stadium

Edouard Mendy might just be the best goalkeeper in the world right now. 

And yes, that does include Alisson Becker and Ederson Moraes

The Senegal keeper played an integral role as Chelsea shut out a determined Brentford 1-0 at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday night. 

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Mendy has been a revelation ever since he arrived at Stamford Bridge and he showed that once again against Brentford in the late kick-off on Saturday. 

After a string of fine saves from Mendy, he saved the best till last to deny Christian Norgaard in the dying seconds of the game.

Mendy crouched low and then stood tall with an amazing fingertip stop to push Norgaard's stunning overhead kick over the bar, leaving Brentford fans devastated and Thomas Tuchel elated. 

It was an incredible save from an incredible player which makes it all the more surprising he failed to receive a Ballon d'Or nomination.   

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One man who seems to think Mendy is the best keeper in the Premier League right now is Liverpool veteran Brad Friedel, who described Mendy as 'underrated.'

“[Mendy is] the best shot-stopper of the four," Friedel told The Sun

“He is also the most underrated right now — but then again he is still the most unknown at the start of his second season in England.

"While not many would have known much about him when he joined from Rennes, Mendy had 16 clean sheets last season from 31 league games.

"And he played a massive role in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph, equalling the record of nine clean sheets in a campaign.

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"Things didn’t work out particularly well for Kepa Arrizabalaga after his big-money move and Mendy has been able to take advantage.

"He has come in and really solidified the defensive structure under Thomas Tuchel.

"Chelsea look increasingly difficult to score against, they may have lost to Manchester City, but there is no shame in that.

"Mendy also looks the most unflappable. There are not so many movements in his play — but it is always quick and explosive.

"He is sure-handed, commands his box and really fits in with Tuchel’s philosophy.

"When teams are taking shots or lining up free-kicks against Mendy, I never think that he is going to make a mistake.

"It may have helped him with how much people spoke about Kepa. He is able to fly under the radar and seems to like that.

"Whatever it is he likes, he should keep doing it — because it’s definitely working."

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