“He was very good” – Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand praise Chelsea player for his key role in Chelsea’s victory over Real Madrid

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Chelsea legend Joe Cole and Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand singled out Edouard Mendy for special praise after Chelsea beat Real Madrid on Wednesday night to book our place in the Champions League final.

Mendy made a crucial save with the game still goalless at Stamford Bridge, reacting superbly to deny Karim Benzema from the edge of the box.

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Cole told BT Sport: “He was very good tonight, he has been well protected but when he is needed he makes the save. Credit to the people who brought him in at the time because the Kepa situation wasn’t working.

“All great teams need a goalkeeper who pull them out of trouble now and again and that’s what he does.”

“He gets in the right place. When that back four or five gets breached, they know they have him at the back,” Ferdinand added:

“Probably his worst attribute is his feet but he saves the ball.

“When I look behind me I want to know the goalkeeper behind me is going pull me out of the bag.

“He does the basics very, very well. Every time I’ve see him he’s made a save at a crucial moment in the game.”

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