Premier League goalkeeper claims Erling Haaland isn’t special and is same as Christian Benteke

Erling Haaland Christian Benteke Manchester City

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has claimed he will prepare to face Manchester City striker Erling Haaland in the same way he would Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke.

Mendy insists he won’t be given Erling Haaland any special treatment despite scoring 86 goals in 89 games for Borussia Dortmund.

Mendy said: “It’s not about one striker or one team. We just have to focus on every striker, every team we play to win. It’s not because it’s Haaland.

“I look at Haaland like I look at Benteke – it’s not that different between Crystal Palace and City.

“You have to be focused because he is a striker and he can score.”

Asked how he analyses opposition strikers, Mendy explained: “I study. I study. A lot, a lot. It’s my work so I work a lot.”

Mendy also believes Manchester City’s title rivals Liverpool have been weakened by the loss of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich.

Mendy added: “It is a big loss for the Premier League in terms of quality, in terms of a person.

“He had the quality, the impact and also for the young players it’s an example.

“We lost someone great and I hope for him he will enjoy Bundesliga.”