Match of the Day pundits Micah Richards and Jermaine Jenas were full of praise for Chelsea’s defensive display following Saturday’s goalless draw with Manchester United.
The Blues earned a rare away clean sheet in the Premier League as they kept United at bay to secure a valuable point at Old Trafford.
Thiago Silva, who played the full 90 minutes in the middle of Chelsea’s back three, performed solidly throughout the match and caught the eye with his impressive distribution.
“I think Thiago did what his manager asked of him,” said Jenas.
“We know how good he is playing between the lines and setting his team on the attack. He brings a calm element where he controls the attacker.
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“He stands on his feet. It was a top performance.”
Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was also singled out for his display between the sticks, producing a number of important saves to keep the scores level.
He has replaced Kepa Arrizabalaga since joining the club from French outfit Rennes amid questions over the 26-year-old Spaniard’s performances and mentality.
Richards was impressed with his shot-stopping and compared him to opposite number David de Gea, who has been regarded as one of the Premier League’s top goalkeepers for some time.
“He was terrific,” said Richards. “Here he saves one with his feet and looked like David de Gea.
“His footwork, he always seems alive. This is a fantastic save (to deny Rashford).
“If I was a Chelsea defender, I’d feel a lot more confident with Mendy than Kepa.”
Boss Frank Lampard felt that his side should have been awarded a penalty during the first half when Cesar Azpilicueta was hauled down inside the area by United defender Harry Maguire.
Richards continued, stating his belief that Lampard had the right to be annoyed by referee Martin Atkinson’s decision to deny…