Chelsea clashed heads with Brentford at the Brentford Community Stadium earlier this evening as they looked to earn maximum points on their travels. The Blues made a solid start to the game and took the lead in the 45th minute when Ben Chilwell scored with a great strike. The visitors went into the half-time interval with a narrow 1-0 lead.
The West London outfit were completely dominated in the second half as Brentford threw everything but the kitchen sink at them. However, Edouard Mendy made a plethora of world-class saves to deny the opposition a goal as Chelsea managed to grind out an ugly 1-0 victory away from home which took them back to the top of the Premier League table.
Let’s take a look at how each Chelsea player performed during the match against the Bees.
GK: Edouard Mendy – 9/10
The Blues keeper made a handful of important saves in the second half to keep his clean sheet intact. He undeniably deserves the man of the match award for his heroics this evening.
CB: Trevoh Chalobah – 7.5/10
Chalobah was solid at the back as he defended his penalty box with everything he got. Thomas Tuchel will be quite happy with his performance during the game.
CB: Andreas Christensen – 7/10
He was strong in the air and made a couple of crucial interceptions for his team. He will be happy with the clean sheet.
CB: Malang Sarr – 8/10
Sarr made plenty of last-ditch clearances to come to his team’s rescue. He also earned the ball back multiple times for his team.
RM: Cesar Azpilicueta – 6.5/10
The Spaniard made a couple of good clearances but ran out of gas and got replaced late in the game.
CM: N’Golo Kante – 6.5/10
He tried his best to protect his teammates inside his half and made two encouraging runs with the ball from midfield.
CM: Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 7.5/10
Loftus-Cheek did his fair share of defending and completed some eye-catching dribbles going forward.
CM: Mateo Kovacic – 7/10
The Croatia international made some good runs with the ball but struggled to create anything meaningful during his time on the field.
LM: Ben Chilwell – 8/10
Chilwell scored the only goal of the game just before the half-time break which was enough in the end to give his team all three points.
ST: Romelu Lukaku – 6/10
The Belgian international worked hard but never looked like he would find the back of the net.
ST: Timo Werner – 6.5/10
Werner’s pace caused a few problems for the Brentford defenders. However, he didn’t get enough chances to get his name on the scoresheet.
CM: Mason Mount – 6/10
The English midfielder struggled to get a foothold in the game.
CAM: Kai Havertz – 6/10
He struggled to get into the flow of the game.
RM: Reece James – N/A
James came on to run the clock down for the Blues.