Peter Crouch has suggested that Chelsea have found the “final missing piece” that could see them win the Premier League title this season.
After winning the Champions League at the end of last season, Chelsea have made a great start to the new campaign.
The Blues sit top of the Premier League after eight games. They have six wins, one draw and one defeat so far.
Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Brentford 1-0 on Saturday. The Bees dominated the second half and Bryan Mbuemo struck the post twice.
Edouard Mendy was forced into making multiple vital saves to help his side take all three points.
“Thomas Frank had it right after Chelsea somehow beat Brentford on Saturday night, when saying his team would have won that game nine times out of 10,” Crouch said.
“The reason they didn’t? Edouard Mendy. Mendy underlines the importance of a goalkeeper to a title-winning side. He is the final, missing piece that could get them over the line this season.
“Chelsea were hanging on and it is one of those games they would have drawn or lost in previous years.
“That Mendy save from Christian Norgaard at the end was unbelievable, and there were a few more.
“His touch is spot on when dealing with horrendous back passes, he comes and takes crosses with authority.
“Look at all the teams to have lifted the league title and one common theme is trust in an exceptional goalkeeper.
“Mendy is a major influence in Chelsea now finding themselves in the mix. There are other factors, of course.
“You have to be strong everywhere but the margins are so fine that the goalkeeper is often a deciding factor.
“Mendy has slotted in seamlessly — signed at 28, with experience and mistakes behind him, he is one of those goalkeepers who goes largely unnoticed most of the time.
“That is exactly the sort of steadiness you want. And when his moment in the spotlight came this weekend, he turned dropped points into three points.”