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Senegal pair Cisse and Koulibaly rejects doubts for Chelsea keeper Mendy

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Senegal boss Aliou Cisse has rejected doubts around Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Mendy was at fault for the first goal as his team lost 2-0 to Holland on Monday.

Now they go head to head with home nation and Asian champions Qatar in Doha’s Al Thumama Stadium on Friday, with the losers painfully aware they are unlikely to progress from Group A.

“Edouard doing very well, he has a steel resolve,” said Cisse. “We chatted about the game. Edouard’s qualities speak for himself. He has had highs and lows but he has my blind trust. He will be on the pitch.”

Mendy’s Chelsea teammate Kalidou Koulibaly also backed his friend, who was the penalty shootout hero of Senegal’s African Cup of Nations triumph in February.

“We play at the same club, we are brothers in arms for Senegal and we speak a lot together,” said Koulibaly. “He’s a very important player for us and it’s totally normal to go through difficult phases.

“I think we are making a mountain out of a molehill. When a team loses, it’s not down to one player, it’s all of us, so we shouldn’t be making such a big deal a…

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