Premier League: Brentford vs Chelsea 16/10/21 – Full Match Report

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

Blues sting the Bees in their own nest to win yet another London derby.


Written by Ryan Bellenie @BellenieSport.


Pre-game:

With the international break coming to a close, Premier League football returned with Chelsea making the short trip across London to newly-promoted Brentford.


The Bees have endured a solid start to life in the top flight, which includes notable results against Arsenal, West Ham and Liverpool.


The Blues, on the other hand, entered the game looking to protect their position at the top of the league. Tuchel’s side have tasted defeat on just two occasions since their European triumph in May – which came to the hands of Manchester City and Juventus.


As a result of injuries, Thomas Tuchel made three changes to his team – which included a Premier League debut for 22-year-old Malang Sarr.


Thomas Frank made just one change to the side that beat West Ham two weeks ago with Mathias Jenson replacing Shandon Baptiste.


First half:

There was a steady start to the first half, with both sides struggling to make their mark on the game.


With the opening 20 minutes being short of action, Chelsea was suddenly rattled as Bryan Mbuemo struck the post in attempt of finding Brentford’s opener.


The visitors then looked to transition through the pace of Timo Werner, who assisted an offside Romelu Lukaku in a disallowed goal.

The Blues controlled most of the opening 45 minutes but struggled to create any real oppurtunies. There were later attempts from both Mateo Kovačić and Timo Werner with neither able to find the target.


Suddenly, on the stroke of half-time, Tuchel’s side were ahead through Ben Chilwell.


The defender was available to clean up by volleying home with a sweet strike, converting his third goal from his last three games for club and country.

It wasn’t the best of performances in the first half, but Chelsea went into the break with an important one-goal lead.


Second half:

With Thiago Silva and Antonio Rüdiger unavailable for the visitors, it seemed as if Chelsea’s defence could have been suspect the fixture. However, Brentford continued to struggle against a stubborn Blue backline.


Heading into the hour mark, the game was still a cagey affair with there being no real opportunities in the second half. On the 67th minute, there was a half chance for Ivan Toney, who fluffed his lines in a rare opportunity for the Bees.


Two minutes later, there was a chance for Romelu Lukaku who skied his effort from six yards out. The Belgian was later relieved to see the offside flag raised.


Heading into the final 20 minutes, Édouard Mendy proved just how important he is for Chelsea by making a series of phenomenal saves to keep his clean sheet alive.

Brentford came close on countless occasions to close the second half, but the Senegalese international – alongside his defence – performed excellently to secure all three points in west London.


After the whistle:

In what was far from the best performance, Chelsea somehow left the Brentford Community Stadium with three very important points.


Given their injuries – and involvement in the international break – Tuchel’s side made a huge statement by overcoming a dangerous team who were persistent with their intent to break the Blues down.

Thomas Frank’s side deserved a point at the very least from the game given their resilience in the final 20 minutes. However, credit must be given to Édouard Mendy – who was almost entirely responsible for the victory following his incredible saves in the dying stages.


Brentford will look to bounce back next week as they take on Brendan Rodgers Leicester. Chelsea are next in action on Wednesday as they welcome Swedish champions Malmö to Stamford Bridge.


Final score:

Brentford 0-1 Chelsea.

- Chilwell (45’).


BBC Sports Player of the match:

Édouard Mendy (Chelsea).

Line-ups:

Brentford (3-5-2): Raya; Jorgensen, Jansson ©, Pinnock; Canós (72’), Onyeka (67’), Nørgaard, Jensen, Henry; Mbeumo, Toney.

- Subs: Forss (67’). Ghoddos (72’).


Chelsea (3-5-2): Mendy; Chalobah, Christensen, Sarr; Azpilicueta © (89’), Kanté, Loftus-Cheek, Kovačić (65’), Alonso; Chilwell; Werner, Lukaku (76’).

- Subs: Mount (65’), Havertz (76’), James (89”).


Referee:

Anthony Taylor.


Attendance:

16,940.


Possession:

Brentford (44%) vs Chelsea (56%).


Shots:

Brentford (17) vs Chelsea (5).


Shots on target:

Brentford (7) vs Chelsea (1).


Corners:

Brentford (5) vs Chelsea (5).


Fouls:

Brentford (13) vs Chelsea (8).

- (credit | BBC Sport).


Match highlights:

- (credit | Sky Sports Football).

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