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Brentford vs Chelsea Results: Edouard Mendy keeps bee swarms away, Bruce overtakes host to stay on top

The question usually asked after a team gives an opponent 17 shots and then loses 1-0 is how they didn’t score. But those who left Brentford Community Stadium after Chelsea digged deeper to record the season’s sixth win to take the lead on Saturday night after Brentford finished behind the coin. I didn’t do that without a clear answer.

Edouard Mendy That’s why Brentford was left empty-handed. Senegalese goalkeeper, this Chelsea dark hero, Carrying the team to keep the three points safe Faced with relentless red and white waves. Mendy’s six saves were made four times in the last 20 minutes, judging blocking and frustration from all angles, a mixture of incredible reflexes and fearlessness. rice field.

Ben Chilwell described these last 20 minutes as “hell.” In the end, he was the reason why the trials were worth it. At the end of the first half of Chelsea’s most bids, his pure white half volley was the only goal of this encounter. This is in stark contrast to how things ended.

This was Chilwell’s third goal in many games, starting with his strike against Southampton a few weeks ago and ending with his first England goal against Andorra. Still, his volley was another nod to this Chelsea side having threats everywhere – one of the 12 different goal scorers in the league this season. Simply put, unfamiliar sources led Chelsea, and Mendy’s familiar performers kept Chelsea safe.

Chelsea’s visit was a new tilt in Brentford’s West London Derby, as the usual sparring partners Fulham and Queens Park Rangers were absent early in the championship. Beyond the previous FA Cup meetings in 2013 and 2017 (both Chelsea won 4-0), the final league meeting returned in March 1947.

Here, about 74 years later, these teams and the world around them were very different. And undoubtedly, Brentford was in the midst of a bigger shift.Remember that they were or did host the defending European champions Premier League Buddy. After defeating West Ham 2-1 before the international break, moving up to 7th place in the match was a sign that Top Flight’s life fits Thomas Frank and his players. Confronting Thomas Tuchel’s side was to be the toughest test of their qualifications to date.

They went to Arsenal for their first win on the first day of the season and made a similar 3-3 draw against Liverpool. However, the same tenacity seemed to be lacking on Saturday night, probably due to a two-week break. Questions about how terrible Chelsea’s injury concerns were behind were answered at Malang Sarr’s first league start, rather than at one centre-back on the bench.

Ben Chilwell broke the deadlock with his third goal in many games for clubs and nations

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In the first half, Chelsea dominated the ball and Brentford was unable to summon the energy needed to steal the ball.

It was partly due to another powerful performance by Ruben Loftus Cheek. The 25-year-old started twice in a row and saw him in a midfield 3 that fit the shape of his home team in the first half. His nimble footwork and advancement meant that Chelsea was rarely caught on flat feet. Both N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic provided treatment similar to that of bee herds.

But it was Brentford who sounded the first alarm. Twenty minutes after the one-way street, a deep cross from Sergi Canos to the back post was knocked down by Bryan Mbeumo by Christian Nogard. The French struck a nearby post under pressure.

So the game has increased its pace. In fact, the counterattack from Mbeumo’s efforts saw Romelu Lukaku find behind the net, albeit from an offside position after Timo Werner crossed.

As the match began to take place many times, there were goals. The recycled movement from the left provided a neat interaction between Kante and Cesar Azpilicueta. The captain lifted the cross in the center where Lukaku was occupying the two defenders. He couldn’t shoot, but Chilwell’s more advanced positioning allowed him to benefit from bouncing the ball and firing it home.

Brentford’s reaction after the break was as expected. There was a clear move to get Ivan Toney more involved, beyond playing faster and committing a few additional men ahead.

The first half was isolated, but the second half was more prominent, returning to the left and involved in the buildup. He should have made his first effort towards the goal after appearing to have given him the opening in a neat one-on-two with Canos.

He finally registered one in that column with an effort at the near post pulled by Mendy. Mbeumo then hit the second post after a clever, unguarded ball grabbed the ball at the edge of the box.

Mendy makes one of his many saves, but this time denies Pontus Jansson

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As the volume of the stand increased, so did the enthusiasm. Tony should have been penalized when Trevo Charova robbed him of his face. He was judged offside, but the replay didn’t seem to be convincing.

From 83 minutes, the dial went to 11 on both Brentford’s Despair and Mendy’s display. Tony’s ball to a distant post turned out to be free for Saman Ghoddos, although his options for goals were narrowed when Mendy rushed out to meet him.

A few minutes later, when Pontus Jansson’s size 15 struck a volley from the goalkeeper’s cheek, Mendy wore one on his face. The resulting scrap saw Saar clear his off-line efforts. What Chelsea is holding up has never been so clear.

The final save was made with an additional 4 minutes as Norgaard attempted a spectacular shot with an overhead kick and Mendy knocked the bar accordingly.

When the full-time whistle rang, the Brentford players were exhausted and fell to the grass. In contrast, the red and white people on the stand stood up to praise the player’s efforts.

Approximately 10 minutes after full time, the home player was still on the post-match honor lap. It’s a rare sight after defeat, but it’s a sight that needs to be seen in context. Not only how far Brentford has come, but also about porting their performance. And finally, the brilliance of Mendy.

Brentford vs Chelsea Results: Edouard Mendy keeps bee swarms away, Bruce overtakes host to stay on top

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