Brentford 0 – 1 Chelsea: Mendy heroics save Chelsea

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Brentford showed why they are the team to beat. After beating Arsenal, and drawing against Liverpool, they entered this match highly motivated. They dominated Chelsea and created chances after chances. Chelsea has Mendy to thank for coming out of this encounter with the three maximum points.

Brentford had a total of 17 shots with 7 on targets as against Chelsea’s 7 total shots. Chelsea converted their only shot on target.

Chelsea Player Ratings

Edouard Mendy – 9/10

Chelsea’s number 1 showed why he is so highly rated. He faced 17 shots from Thomas Frank’s side and came out with a clean sheet. Chelsea was second-best in the second half and struggled to contain the high-flying London rival. They have Mendy to thank after putting on an impressive performance.

Mendy now has 20 clean sheets in 38 matches. He is the man of the day and will be a favorite to win the Yashin Award for the best goalkeeper.

Malang Sarr – 6/10

The young defender was handed a start due to an injury to Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva’s absence after international involvement. He was confident on the ball and made some tackles. He could have been much better in his aerial duels and awareness in the box.

Christensen – 6/10

Chelsea’s main senior player in defense today. He performed very well in the first half but struggled in the second half as the team faced intense pressure from the Bees. He could have done more to guide and organize his younger teammates at the center of the defense.

Struggled to deal with the long throws and crosses into the box.

Trevor Chalobah – 6.5/10

Chalobah had an interesting battle against Brentford’s striker Toney. He did admirably well but was also lucky not to have conceded a penalty or getting yellow-carded.

Struggled alongside his teammates to deal with the pressure from Brentford’s crosses into the box.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 6/10

The team captain was disappointing going forward in the wing-back role and had a quiet match. Did well defensively.

Ben Chilwell – 8/10

Chilwell has worked his way back to the manager’s favor after losing the starting berth to Marcos Alonso at the start of the season. He capped a wonderful performance with a well-taken goal just at the stroke of halftime.

Chilwell now has two Premier League goals this season, as well as three in his last three Premier League appearances.

Kovacic – 5/10

An average performance from the usually lively midfielder. He was guilty of misplacing many key passes. Offered less going forward. He was hooked off for Mason Mount in the 65th minute.

Ngolo Kante – 6.5/10

Kante returned from the Covid-19 enforced absence and put on a solid performance especially in the first half. He made some crucial tackles and helped Chelsea see out the game.

Loftus-Cheek – 6/10

Elegant in possession, Ruben was unplayable sometimes in the first half, carrying the ball forward and evading his opponents with wonderful skills. He was less influential in the second half as Chelsea struggled.

Timo Werner – 6/10

After impressing for Germany at the international break, one would have thought Werner will continue his scoring form. Another poor performance in front of goal, Werner could easily have a goal if he was more clinical. Combined well with Lukaku in the new striker partnership.

Romelu Lukaku – 6.5/10

Lacked service from the midfield. Lukaku was presented with few clear-cut chances. Showed signs of tiredness and was replaced by Kai Havertz in the 77th minute.

Substitutes

Mason Mount – 5.5/10

Came on in the second half when Chelsea was under immense pressure. He was unable to influence the game.

Kai Havertz – N/A

Reece James – N/A

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