Ben Chilwell’s first-half strike brought Chelsea back to the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Brentford, thanks in large part to the late exploits of Edward Mendy.
Bryan Mbeumo hit the post for Brentford in the first half, while Timo Werner missed two great chances for the visitors, but Chelsea got into the break in front thanks to Chilwell’s half volley just inside the surface (45), his third goal in three games for club and country.
Mbeumo hit the post again in the second half before Mendy saved brilliantly three times late, first from submarine Saman Ghoddos, then with his Pontus Jansson face at close range, before reversing the superb overhead kick. of Christian Norgaard in stoppage time.
Following Liverpool and Man City wins earlier on Saturday, Chelsea were under pressure to keep pace in what promises to be a close title race, and they returned to the top of the pile with their sixth win of the season .
Brentford has only lost for the second time this season and is seventh after eight games.
Brentford: Raya (6), Henry (6), Pinnock (6), Jansson (6), Zanka (5), Canos (5), Norgaard (7), Onyeka (6), Jensen (6), Mbeumo (7), Toney (6)
Subscribers: Forss (6), Ghoddos (6)
Chelsea: Mendy (9), Azpilicueta (6), Sarr (7), Christensen (7), Chalobah (6), Chilwell (8), Kovacic (6), Kante (7), Loftus-Cheek (7), Werner (6 ), Lukaku (5)
Subscribers: Mont (6), Havertz (NA), James (NA)
Man of the match: Edouard Mendy
Why Chelsea had Mendy to thank for three points …
It had been three years to the day since Frank had taken over at Brentford, and his team had the first big chance of the game halfway through the first period.
After receiving Norgaard’s header in the box, Mbeumo seized his opportunity from eight yards, striking into the ground and out of the post. Chelsea immediately pierced Werner, who allowed Romelu Lukaku to strike at home, only for the Belgian to be declared offside, but that was a sign of things to come.
Werner, who has now started the last three Premier League games, had a golden chance to give Chelsea the lead, striking high and wide from the rim with plenty of goals to aim for after Lukaku held the ball well.
No one could criticize Werner’s ability to place himself in dangerous positions as he was found moments later by Cesar Azpilicueta, but once again Werner’s final product was simply missing as he chose to square for Lukaku at the place to fire, allowing Pontus Jansson to intercept.
Chelsea took the lead on the stroke of half-time thanks to a brilliantly controlled Chilwell finish. Fighting with Jansson to secure a connection over Azpilicueta’s cross, Lukaku lost to the defender, but the ball came out gently for Chilwell, who slammed into the net from 15 yards.
It has marked a fine month so far for Chilwell, who scored his first goal for England against Andorra last Saturday, following what his manager Thomas Tuchel described as a difficult summer period for him not having played one minute at Euro 2020.
Brentford made a switch as Jensen replaced the injured Baptiste, while Janelt and Wissa missed the squad due to injury.
Chelsea made three changes when Sarr bowed out to the Premier League, alongside Christensen and Kante. Silva, Hudson-Odoi and injured Rudiger quit.
Lukaku blazed over an eight-yard goalie in the second half, although the offside flag spared him a blush, but Brentford grew in the game as the half progressed.
Mendy reacted well to push Toney’s shot back into the ground with a kick from Zanka during a throw-in, before Mbeumo hit the woodwork again, pulling low against the right post after the Marcus submarine Forss put it down.
The home crowd could sense an equalizer as Brentford bombarded Chelsea’s surface from the air – the pressure was ‘relentless’, Gary Neville said in co-commentary – as Mendy’s heroism kept Chelsea in the lead. First, he bravely blocked Ghoddos down, before stopping Jansson’s point-blank effort with his header as Brentford threw everything on goal.
Mendy arguably saved the best for last, reversing Norgaard’s effort after the midfielder controlled the ball with his back to goal and produced a kick over 10 yards. After the match, Chilwell aptly described the attack as “hell on earth”.
Despite the defeat, the feel-good factor around Brentford was maintained as the players took a lap of honor for their grateful support, while Chelsea once again showed the mark of title contenders by winning as he was far from their best.
Neville: Chelsea show off their credentials
Gary Neville from Sky Sports:
“City’s performance at Chelsea a few weeks ago was incredible, but I think this Chelsea side are resilient and difficult to face. I can’t think that a league team would like to play against them.
“I know Brentford enjoyed the last 10 to 15 minutes, but it was a tough game for them for the first 70 to 80 minutes. They couldn’t get in, they had to change and they had a bit of joy at the end.
“They were a Chelsea side that were also missing a few players, and they have so many to come back to. They also had so many good players coming off the bench, so I think they have a big winning cry on it. title.”
What the managers said …
Brentford boss Thomas Franck on Sky Sports: “I’m very proud of our performance. In the 90 minutes there can only be one certain winner and that’s us by far in terms of the number of chances we’ve created. Five We kept the European champions, number one in the Premier League with five shots in the game overall.
“It’s very impressive. I know they dominated the ball a little more in the first half, but in the end we were all on them. I’m happy with that and that’s what we have to keep going. to build.
“They got a win. They got a very, very lucky win here today and that’s why it’s so impressive. Three months ago, four months ago, they won the Champions League and we’ve been promoted to play-offs. That’s why it’s very impressive what we’re doing there. If you play that game again, we’ll win nine out of 10. It should be the other way around. I really want me. press that. “
Chelsea boss Thomas tuchel on Sky Sports: “That clean sheet goes to Edou today. Maybe not the cleanest sheet we’ve ever had but very important to getting the three points. In the end, the last 20 minutes were suddenly a game of They had nothing to lose, they found some momentum with the crowd and all of a sudden it looked like we had one less player on the pitch.
“They consistently put six, seven guys in the box, we weren’t clear enough in the challenges, and in the first touches and second touches they had more conviction.
“They played like a cup game. We focused too much on the defense. I was happy with the first 65, 70 minutes. We should have scored one more.
- Brentford remain winless in seven matches against Chelsea in all competitions (D1 L6), losing each of the last three by an aggregate score of 9-0.
- Chelsea are the first team from the capital to win seven consecutive London derbies in the history of the English Football League.
- Chelsea have conceded just three goals in their first eight Premier League appearances this season (5 clean sheets), the least they have conceded at this stage of the season since 2010-11 (2).
- Brentford has touched the woodwork seven times in the Premier League this season (twice in this game), more than any other team.
Brentford now host Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday 24 October at 2 p.m., while Chelsea host Malmö in the Champions League at 8 p.m. on Wednesday 20 October before hosting Norwich at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday 23 October.