Football News

Edouard Mendy explains why there’s ‘no difference’ between Erling Haaland and Christian Benteke

By Ben Green

Published: 17:02, 14 July 2022

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy says he is not planning any special preparations to deal with Erling Haaland next season, revealing he trains for every opponent the same — and even name-dropping Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke when making the point.

Haaland, 21, relocated to the Etihad earlier this summer for £51.2m following two goal-laden years for Borussia Dortmund, where he netted 86 in 89 games across all competitions.

Haaland’s arrival marked the start of a summer of major upheaval for Pep Guardiola’s side, who have also brought in Kalvin Phillips from Leeds, added January recruit Julian Alvarez to their squad following his loan spell at River Plate — and parted with several former stars, not least Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.


BetUK World Cup offer: Bet £19, Get £66 in Free Bets

 You can get £66 in Free Bets when you bet £19 with Bet UK ahead of the World Cup by CLICKING HERE or on the image below.


Full T&Cs Apply. New customers only. Stake min amount of £19 (odds 1.8 or greater) on any sporting event. Promotion available between 14/11/22 - 01/12/22. Max 4 x £10, 4 x £5, 1x £6 Free Bets credited on qualifying bet settlement on selected events. 1x claim per customer. Void, cashed out, partially cashed out bets do not qualify. Each Way bets, system bets and profit boost are not permitted for qualifying bet. Free bets are non-withdrawable & not returned with winnings. Free bets expire after 7 days of qualifying bet settlement.
18+ BeGambleAware.org


 

It’s set to be a formidable frontline in the North West next campaign as City look to defend their Premier League crown and once again have a crack at winning a first-ever Champions League, most recently crashing out of the semi-finals to eventual winners Real Madrid.

Despite Guardiola’s new-look attack, Chelsea shot-stopper Mendy has revealed it will be business as usual as far as his pre-match preparations are concerned, saying no single opponent gets special treatment when he’s building up to face them.

“I study. I study a lot. It’s not about one striker or one team – we just have to focus on every striker, every team we play to win. It’s not because it’s Haaland,” he stated.

“I look at Haaland like I look at, say, Benteke at Palace – it’s not that different between Crystal Palace and City. You have to be focused because he is a striker and he can score. We have our methods and I don’t need to say what they are. But I study a lot. A lot.”


Bet365 welcome offer: Bet £10 & Get up to £50 in Free Bets

Not signed up to bet365 yet? Here's how to claim one of the best bookmaker welcome offers around... 

  • Open an account (here's a link)
  • Make a qualifying deposit of between £5* and £10*
  • Claim the offer to receive five times your deposit in 'Free Bets'.
  • To release your 'Free Bets', place qualifying bets to the value of the your qualifying deposit and allow those bets to settle.
  • Your 'Free Bets' will become available shortly after your qualifying bets have settled
  • To use your 'Free Bets', select 'Use bet credits' in the bet slip.

18+ only. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.


Mendy also gave his two cents on international team-mate Sadio Mane’s departure from the Premier League, saying the now Bayern Munich forward will be a major loss to the division.

He said: “We’ve lost someone great and I hope for him he will enjoy the Bundesliga.

“He’s also a big loss because of his quality, the impact he makes and also because, for the young players, he’s an example. When you lose someone like this it can have a huge impact.

“I think it is a big loss for the Premier League in terms of quality and in terms of the person.”

READ MORE: