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Brentford 0-1 Chelsea – 5 Key Takeaways – Speak Chelsea

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The under had been my 5 key takeaways from our 1-0 Premier League win towards Brentford on 17 October 2021 at Brentford Neighborhood Stadium.

1. Chilwell continues sizzling streak with tremendous strike

Not so way back there was lots of chatter within the Chelsea group about when would England worldwide and rising left again / left wing-back Ben Chilwell make his method again into the squad.

For essentially the most half, followers had been accepting that Marcos Alonso has been enjoying moderately nicely to start the marketing campaign, however given his latter performances whereby he was displaying indicators of fatigue, this represented a possibility for Ben to attempt to recapture the robust kind from final season.

To his credit score, since being reintegrated again into the squad, he has improved every outing together with scoring an essential aim earlier than the worldwide break towards Southampton, getting known as again up for England, after which scoring one other top-shelf aim within the first half with a thunderous strike that will show to be the winner.

The supposed psychological weight that was regarded as holding Ben down seems to be lifted and with that, Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea followers are seeing the rising star that they’d been accustomed to seeing. If he can keep this momentum, he might be a pivotal determine for the Blues’ title cost.

2. Mendy the person mountain in impressed kind

Earlier within the week Liverpool striker Sadio Mane publicly expressed his disbelief and disappointment that Edouard (Ed) Mendy didn’t make the Ballon D’or candidates checklist. Whereas I’m actually not a fan of the Reds, I concur 100% with the star striker on this regard.

It’s actually baffling that somebody who produces persistently high-quality performances and is such an influential determine for his workforce is one way or the other ignored for this yr’s main particular person award.

His heroic show towards a spirited Brentford aspect, significantly within the closing 20 minutes, was nothing wanting inspirational. Not solely did large Ed aka ‘Spider Mendy’ throw himself about acrobatically to make some eye-catching and jaw-dropping saves, however he always put his physique on the road with no regard for self-preservation for the great of the trigger.

Make no mistake, he was the distinction and be sure that the Blues walked away with a massively essential 3 factors towards a workforce who has proven they will combine it with the large boys this season.

Ed won’t have made the Ballon D’or closing minimize (one way or the other), however people who watch high flight soccer know he’s proper up there when it comes to the most effective goalkeepers going round at current. For now, us Blues followers are grateful for what Mendy does and brings to the workforce every sport.

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3. Ruben’s rise can’t be ignored

The continued re-emergence of Ruben Loftus-Cheek is beginning to turn out to be a real feel-good story of the season for Blues followers. Ruben has been a participant that Chelsea followers have been in awe of since he was a younger lad and have needed him to fulfil his potential given how excessive his ceiling is.

By way of a mix of each extremely unlucky accidents and fixed change on the membership in current seasons, real alternatives for Ruben to impress have been extraordinarily restricted.

This season many thought Loftus-Cheek would proceed his pattern of going out on mortgage given the plethora of midfielders on the Blues’ disposal. Nevertheless, a transfer away from Stamford Bridge didn’t happen and consequently the bodily gifted specimen has slowly began gaining the belief of Tuchel and his performances when picked have been spectacular to say the least.

Towards Brentford, significantly within the first half, the 25-year-old Englishman was scintillating. Usually in deep areas when receiving the ball, Ruben would both use his power to hold-off an opponent or two, calmly cross the ball to a workforce mate, or when the chance offered itself, dribble previous his marker and go on a mesmerising run.

The way in which he glides previous the opposition and strikes across the park makes Ruben a really distinctive and helpful participant. He has gone from peripheral determine to one of the vital in-form gamers who has an actual alternative over the subsequent set of fixtures to cement his spot on a extra common foundation.

P.s. it’s also value mentioning that his midfield companions Kanté and Kovacic had been additionally very robust in the course of the first hour or so and due to this fact this can be a midfield trio we might get used to seeing extra frequently all through the season.

4. Sarr a star in Premier League debut

When Thomas Tuchel confirmed that each Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger could be out for this fixture, it’s secure to say that there was a little bit of a collective angst amongst the Blues group. Given the expertise, kind, aggression and management of Silva and Rudiger that will be missed, this was at all times going to be a stern check for these chosen towards a bodily demanding Brentford.

Because it turned out, the trio of Christensen, Azpilicueta and Sarr stood agency following an onslaught from the Bees and gave their all to assist make sure the Blues would safe one more London derby win (their seventh consecutive away London derby win, new English file per OptaJoe).

Specifically, the Premier League debutant Malang Sarr was distinctive. In the course of the conflict, Malang made a game-high 10 clearances and 6 interceptions, and likewise was third within the deal with depend (3) and possession gained (10) departments.

Whereas Rudiger and Silva have earned their common beginning spot, it’s comforting to know that Tuchel has real depth and high quality at his disposal in an important place. Maybe we’ll see extra of Malang within the coming weeks to check himself extra given the comparatively extra beneficial set of fixtures on this interval.

5. Brentford will sting many opponents this season

It should be stated that Brentford had been extremely spirited, courageous and confirmed loads of ambition to attempt to struggle their method again into the match when others might have merely reverted to break management. On one other day, and towards a human goalkeeper, the headlines may have very nicely been completely different.

Whereas the Blues took a deserved lead within the first half, much like some components of final season and the season earlier than that, the Blues lack of ruthlessness in entrance of aim would given their opponents self-belief that they might claw their method again into it. Regardless of being largely in management for the primary hour, Chelsea didn’t capitalise on this common dominance and so they nearly paid the last word worth.

As famous above, the ultimate 20 minutes at Brentford Neighborhood Stadium noticed wave after wave of assault from the house aspect. Pushed on by the extremely vocal and passionate Bees followers, one acquired the sense that an equalising aim would come in some unspecified time in the future. Thankfully for the Blues they had been saved by the superhuman efforts of Mendy and likewise some heroic last-ditch defending to present them a really hard-fought 1-0 victory,

The Bees have already stung some large title opponents in Arsenal and West Ham, and likewise managed to carry Premier League title hopefuls Liverpool 3-3 and the rising Villains 1-1, to reveal that they’re a workforce to be each revered and feared.

Like many, I stay up for carefully monitoring their progress this season underneath Thomas Frank who’s performing some great issues with Brentford.

Remaining Feedback

To be a Premier League champion, it’s not at all times about enjoying lovely soccer, however guaranteeing the precise end result reached. In different phrases, the top consequence will at all times trump efficiency. Typically talking, enjoying good ought to imply successful, however, it’s the power to grind out a win when not enjoying your finest that could be a basic indicator for any aspiring title contender.

On this match, Chelsea confirmed some actual high quality with the ball in phases within the first 60-70 minutes however then needed to depend on their defensive abilities to assist carry them throughout the end line.

Thomas Tuchel was open in his post-match evaluation and acknowledged that his aspect was each good at occasions and likewise relied on some luck and with that, I think about he can be working tirelessly to assist enhance his aspect’s attacking components given this sport ought to have been put to mattress earlier than the Brentford onslaught started.

Key to this challenge is methods to extract the utmost from Romelu Lukaku and extra broadly, which entrance three would be the most potent all-round along with supporting the star Belgian.

For now, securing a hugely-important consequence with out the likes of Silva, Rudiger and Pulisic, and solely a freshly returned Reece James, will hopefully give the Blues confidence for the subsequent run of matches earlier than the subsequent worldwide break.

Till then, deliver on Malmo!

Come on you Blues!

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