Chelsea beat neighbour Brentford 1-0 to stay its grip at the Premier League’s best spot on Saturday because of a Ben Chilwell strike however it owed its 3 issues as a lot to goalkeeper Edouard Mendy who denied the host with a string of past due saves.
Chilwell, again within the workforce after being side-lined early within the season, scored for the second one fit in a row when Brentford did not transparent and the ball dropped kindly for him to strike from 12 yards with a 1/2 volley within the forty fifth minute.
The host had previous hit the publish via Bryan Mbeumo and the Frenchman used to be once more denied by way of the woodwork within the seventy fifth mins because the Bees subjected Chelsea to wave after wave of assaults in its second-half push for an equaliser.
Premier League’s newest addition Brentford spent a lot of the primary 1/2 pegged again by way of Chelsea however the purple and white shirts piled ahead after the destroy, roared on by way of their enthusiasts relishing their first league derby towards their West London opponents since 1947.
Within the 83rd minute, Mendy denied Saman Ghoddos as he rushed off his line to near down the perspective, moments prior to Trevoh Chalobah stored the guests by way of clearing off line from Christian Norgaard.
Chelsea’s French goalkeeper made extra high quality saves, together with turning over an acrobatic overhead effort by way of Norgaard in damage time.
Requested to explain the sport, Chelsea trainer Thomas Tuchel instructed BBC: “Very sturdy for 70 mins, very fortunate for 20 mins.”
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The fit proved a baptism of fireside for Chelsea’s Malang Sarr who made his league debut within the centre of defence, changing the injured Antonio Rudiger whilst Thiago Silva returned to London from world responsibility for Brazil too past due to play.
“We accept as true with the blokes who’re younger. For those who don’t play you can’t get revel in,” Tuchel mentioned.
“The final 25 mins I feel we completely ruled Chelsea, the Ecu champions, and all through the sport we allowed Chelsea to have 5 photographs,” mentioned Brentford trainer Thomas Frank.
“This is loopy. It is remarkable when you’re enjoying the number 1 within the league and the Champions League winners. That are supposed to give us a large number of self assurance.”
“There will have to handiest be one winner in that sport and that’s us,” the Dane mentioned. “Mendy used to be completely global magnificence and I feel he is been loopy just right for Chelsea. I simply mentioned to him it used to be somewhat bit stressful he used to be so just right lately.”
Tuchel too praised Mendy for a very good efficiency.
“Ed used to be completely decisive to flee with a blank sheet,” he mentioned.
“He used to be very sturdy and really concentrated within the build-up play. Superb efficiency and naturally the final 20 mins, the fit became a cup sport.
“They took a large number of dangers and put a large number of our bodies into our field. Shall we now not stay them clear of capturing and having the massive possibilities.”
The outcome leaves Chelsea one level transparent of Liverpool on the best of the desk on 19 issues. Brentford, who has overwhelmed London rival Arsenal and West Ham United to this point this season, stands in 7th position on 12 issues.
Self belief is flowing via Chilwell once more
Chilwell, who additionally scored for England in a International Cup qualifier previous this month, used to be not noted of Tuchel’s workforce in August and September after being lost sight of by way of England all through Euro 2020.
“I felt him somewhat bit drained, I felt him mentally tired and it wishes its time,” Tuchel instructed journalists.
“As of late he used to be he used to be sturdy once more, he’s in just right form,” he added. “We’d like him in form we want everyone: now we have many, many video games, many competitions to play and I am pleased with, after all, his purpose as it offers him a large number of self assurance.”