Senegal coach Aliou Cisse has complete belief in goalkeeper Edouard Mendy regardless of his rocky begin to the World Cup marketing campaign.
Mendy, who Cisse mentioned had a steely resolve and was a sure starter for his or her second Group A recreation towards Qatar on Friday, was arguably at fault for each objectives in his facet’s opening 2-0 loss to the Netherlands. The defeat has left the African champions with work to do to flee a gaggle that additionally contains an Ecuador facet that made mild work of hosts Qatar of their opening match.
It additionally continued a troublesome spell for Mendy, who has discovered himself on the bench for durations at Chelsea this season, with Kepa Arrizabalaga most popular beneath new supervisor Graham Potter.
His place within the Senegal facet, nevertheless, isn’t beneath menace, with Cisse assured in his keeper’s psychological energy.
“Edouard is doing very well, he has got a steely resolve,” Cisse instructed reporters on Thursday.
“Edouard’s qualities speak for themselves, I don’t think that anyone is doubting him, sometimes he has highs, sometimes he has lows, he has my full trust, my blind trust, and that of his team mates. Tomorrow he will be on the pitch.”
The recreation towards the Netherlands had seemed to be heading for a draw till the 84th minute when Frenkie de Jong’s cross was curled invitingly into the field. Mendy got here to gather however received nowhere close to the ball as Cody Gakpo stole in to go house. Deep into stoppage time, the keeper parried a comparatively tame shot into the trail of Davy Klaassen, who made no mistake. Senegal centre again Kalidou Koulibaly, who can also be Mendy’s crew mate at Chelsea, mentioned individuals have been over-reacting in regards to the keeper’s type.
“We play at the same club and we are also brothers in arms for Senegal, Edouard is a very important player for us, it is normal to go through difficult phases – I think we are making a mountain out of a mole hill here,” he mentioned.
Senegal, robbed of their prime attacking expertise after Sadio Mane was injured within the lead-up to the event, have been topped African champions by beating Egypt on penalties in February, whereas Friday’s opponents Qatar are the Asian champions. Cisse’s facet have been knocked out within the group stage 4 years in the past and are unlikely to higher that in the event that they don’t win on Friday.
“We have our back against the wall but we are Lions, the Lions of Teranga,” mentioned Koulibaly.
“We will give everything to continue with the dream and to let the Senegalese people dream. We don’t want to disappoint the Senegalese population. What is certain is that the behaviour and mentality tomorrow will be that of warriors.”