Edouard Mendy MASTERCLASS sees Thomas Tuchel’s men somehow cling on after a second half grilling from the Bees after Ben Chilwell’s stunner broke the deadlock just before half-time.
Ben Chilwell’s thunderous strike ensured Chelsea retained their place at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory at Brentford on Saturday.
The first league meeting between the pair since 1947 was settled by a wonderful first-half effort from Chilwell, keeping Chelsea one point clear of Liverpool and two ahead of Manchester City at the summit.
Thomas Tuchel’s side dominated possession throughout but did not force David Raya into a single save, with Chilwell’s goal coming from their only shot on target.
Bryan Mbeumo twice hit the post but Chelsea did enough to become the first team in the history of the English Football League to win seven London derbies in succession.
After a tepid start, the game burst to life when Mbeumo rattled the upright in the 22nd minute and Chelsea went straight up the other end and scored through Romelu Lukaku, only for the offside flag to go up.
Timo Werner failed to make the most of a couple of openings before Chilwell’s rasping effort fired Chelsea into a lead their dominance of the game deserved on the stroke of half-time.
Chances remained at a premium after the interval.
Mateo Kovacic’s wayward shot was the only effort on goal from either team before Tuchel introduced Mason Mount in the 65th minute.
Brentford pushed for an equaliser and Edouard Mendy kept out an Ivan Toney volley before Mbeumo struck the post once again in the 75th minute.
Mendy made another great save to deny Saman Ghoddos and the recovering Trevoh Chalobah cleared Christian Norgaard’s follow-up off the line in the 84th minute.
Pontus Jansson was thwarted by Mendy’s face before the goalkeeper tipped Norgaard’s overhead kick onto the bar in stoppage time as Chelsea valiantly clung on for all three points.
Chelsea entertain Malmo in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Brentford are not in action until the visit of Leicester City next Sunday.
Leicester City came from behind to beat Manchester United 4-2 in a thriller on Saturday and end the Red Devils’ long unbeaten away run in the Premier League.
It looked as though United’s English league record of 29 games without defeat on the road would continue when Mason Greenwood opened the scoring with a stunning strike.
However, Leicester levelled through Youri Tielemans following an error from the returning Harry Maguire, and Caglar Soyuncu prodded home to put the hosts ahead with 12 minutes to go.
In a frantic finale, Marcus Rashford marked his first appearance of the season with an equaliser before Leicester restored their lead from kick-off, Jamie Vardy blasting home from Ayoze Perez’s cut-back.
Patson Daka added a fourth in injury time as United lost for the fourth time in seven matches.
Leicester face Spartak Moscow on Wednesday in the Europa League before travelling to London to face Brentford on Sunday.
Manchester United host Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday evening before Liverpool are the visitors to Old Trafford on Sunday of next weekend.