Mendy, Tuco, Edward Mendy discussed on ESPN FC



Premise was, Edward mendy is a better goalkeeper and he's playing well in this game, just leave him in. Now, the statistics show that Kappa has done better in terms of saving penalties, but I mean, we've heard these arguments hashed out before. I kind of feel like with the game that mendy had had with the confidence that he'd had better off leave him in gold. But the other side to it is Kappa started every other game in the carabao cup and was not going to play in the final, so I suppose maybe Thomas Tuchel was kind of harnessing that energy that Jürgen Klopp about when Klopp talked about playing Kelleher saying that I'm a human being too. There's no way just because we're in the final that I can possibly drop keeping cattle and play Allison Becker instead. But that was not too close reasoning for bringing it up. Definitely. No, definitely wasn't. Definitely wasn't. But he went by the stats, but in my mind, I just want to stop what mendy. And I know a Tuco couldn't possibly have predicted it was going to come down to, you know, the goalkeepers taking kicks. But nobody's back in Kappa to be calm and cool and assured if he has to take a kick. Was it that surprising that he ballooned it? I don't think so. Again, not part of Tuchel's reasoning. I'm sure he didn't think, well, kept as a better kick taker than mendy. Definitely not. No, this was entirely about, okay, I'm in a penalty shootout for a Cup final. Which one of my goalkeepers is better in penalty shootouts. And we know what statistics say in matches, I'm sure Tuco sees these guys in training as well. So I mean, look, the result is the result. Tuco's gonna get killed for this because mendy had a great game and the decision didn't work. I don't know that his logic wasn't sound in coming to that decision. I mean, I guess the problem is I'm kind of describing a black and white decision. Who's better? You are, okay, you go in. But I do understand this element of mendy was a monster in net in this game. And I do too. I'm not, I'm not completely against the idea of keeping the hot hand in gold. There has to be a confidence that comes with just having played some of the best 120 minutes of your life, not to mention JJ. This guy is what, like, a month, less than a month removed from having just one a penalty shootout in the Africa Cup of Nations. A high stakes one to win it. Now granted, the saves that he made in that shootout, one hit the post. So he didn't actually save it. And the other one was just a dreadful penalty that you and I might have been able to save. But I've got to believe just in the psychology of a player's mind. Just played a great 120 minutes recently won a high stakes even higher stakes penalty shootout than this one. I just think all of those things to me in some way have to mean something. I kind of, I don't know. I won't be put it this way. I won't be somebody who's gonna kill Tuco for this. Like I've seen, but I also probably would not have done what he did. If you look at the, if you look at the way that Kappa as well approach things. So kepper was full of energy, talking to the players taking the ball. You know, you saw what he did with Virgil van DIJK where he dared him, you know, he went to one side of the goal. He showed him the hall of the site of the goal and it is if Virgil Van Dyck taught, this is pretty disrespectful, so I'm going to ram it in right by the side you're standing. It's one of those badass things I've seen a player do. Yeah. I kept a told him. I am going to cover this entire side of the net. I'm daring you. And Van Dyck still went that way and still scored and then stared him down. Yeah. Yeah. It was really quite something. And the other thing as well, again, I'm not a professional goalkeeper. I get that but that feeling does not go away when you watch the penalty and you see how much of a hand kept it got on it. That he didn't do better with it. Now, on the other side, the system that keeping cattle are used, which was to do nothing. Just stand and try and guess correctly, that didn't work either, I mean, keeping Keller went in for none of the tricks he didn't even. He doesn't even jump. He doesn't even do that little jump beforehand. He's just on his line kind of trying to react, that wasn't particularly successful for him. So do you know what? I came across something really interesting, Andrew. I think you're going to enjoy this. Twitter, not all was providing great stuff, but in this, in this instance, I think this was great. There's a guy called gayer jar den. He's a football psychology researcher, consultant and speaker. And he's on Twitter, and he had a thread about penalty kicks. And I'm just going to read you a couple of the things that were his observations from the carabao Cup final. So he talks about the success rates. He kind of defends tuca and says, kepper has featured in their last three shootout wins and his record is superior to mendy on cap penalty take or score 71% on mendy 94%. So he deals with that. The next few slides shall we call them in his presentation are very interesting. Garret says when a shootout goes far, every single shot from number 5 and on is a Moscow to keep your team in life. Okay. In our research, we found that only about 60% of these shots are scored. Chelsea impressively scored 6 of these before kept his final miss. I thought that was interesting. So the success goes down to 60%. He talks about the fans behind the goal. So Liverpool had all their supporters behind that goal. Liverpool's fans behind the goal can benefit them if you don't let it add pressure, but derive positive energy from it. It seems like an obvious statement. 5 Liverpool players intensely celebrated their goals versus zero Chelsea players. So most Chelsea players did the finger to the lips to the Liverpool fans because they were obviously getting berated. But wait for this one, and he's done a study on this. Celebrating increases the chances of an ultimate win. Now, I'm just presenting this information if you go online, Jordan, GE, IR, Jordan. He's got a paper. That's written on this very thing. It's called emotional contagion in soccer penalty shootouts, celebration of individual success is associated with ultimate team success. Thought that was very, very interesting..

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