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Mendy Was Clubless, Broke & Almost Left Football The Last Time Chelsea Won Any UCL Knockout Tie

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By ComedyCentral | self meida writer
Published 26 days ago - 3843 views

Last night, Chelsea Football Club defeated Atletico Madrid (2-0) to progress to this year’s Champions League quarterfinals 3-0 on aggregate. 

The last time Chelsea won a Champions League knockout tie, their Senegalese shot-stopper, Edouard Mendy, was unemployed and considering quitting football altogether. 

In 2014, Mendy was without a club and had serious doubt about his future. The 29-year-old goalkeeper was sacked by Cherbourg and was forced to take France unemployment benefit. 

He spent over a year without any club: then, Mendy trained with Le Havre's reserves and also, with his brother in a bid to resurrect his career.

"I did genuinely have my doubts about whether I would carry on,” Mendy told reporters some months ago and now, the rest is history. 

7 years from then, he has kept two clean sheets to help Chelsea defeat the table toppers in Spain. It was Chelsea’s first Champions League quarter-final qualification in seven years. 

Edouard Mendy kept his 20th clean sheet for Chelsea in only his 32nd appearance. This is his six clean sheets in a row and conceding just two goals in his last ten games.

Mendy has been phenomenal under Thomas Tuchel and his story tells one thing, ‘never give up on your dreams’.

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