Chelsea Player Ratings vs Brentford: Mendy, Loftus-Cheek, Christensen, Chilwell, others shine in west London derby

Edouard Mendy – 9
He didn’t have too much to do in the first half but his distribution was good and he did what he needed to do.

He made a great save in the 72nd minute to keep Chelsea ahead as Brentford upped the intensity and followed that up with two world class saves, including one at the death.

Trevoh Chalobah – 6
As expected, he slotted in like he has been playing for this Chelsea team for many years and was very comfortable receiving the ball and great defensively.

Got into too many tussles with Ivan Toney though and started to look a bit unsteady late on.

Andreas Christensen – 8
Mr Calm and Casual did his job superbly as the most experienced centre back in Chelsea’s line up.

He was great on the ball and great at organising his back line. Looking more and more world class by the day.

Malang Sarr – 8
Stepping into Antonio Rudiger’s shoes is a massive ask, but he did well and did all that was asked of him and actually looked very comfortable coming into the defence.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 7
He did very well for Chilwell’s opening goal and was his usual reliable self at the back.

Another captain’s performance from him and his was an asset all over the park.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 9
He was colossal again in the holding midfield role and he was doing it all. Very calm collecting the ball in tight spaces, and carrying the ball superbly beating players with no effort.

Very good at keeping possession and winning free kicks.

N’Golo Kante – 6
He had some good moments but also looked a little rusty at times in the first half at least.

Wasn’t quite up to his usual world class standards as Brentford took a hold in the last half an hour.

Mateo Kovacic – 6
Silly booking early on, but he was an influential player in midfield for trying to make things happen and trying to find that pass in the final third when others lacked it.

Not his best asset though trying to play forward or shoot unfortunately.

Ben Chilwell – 8
Scored a fantastic goal to put Chelsea 1-0 up with his trusted left foot. Very good game out on the left for him and he was one of Chelsea’s more attacking threats.

Timo Werner – 8
Tried hard to make things happen and did seem to be playing with a lot more confidence after his good run of form. A real menace in the box and a danger for the Brentford back line.

Romelu Lukaku – 7
Frustrating again for him at times not getting the service he was demanding.

And when he did get it, he did very well to set up Chilwell for the opener. But other than that, another frustrating night for him.

SUBS
Mason Mount for Kovacic (64 mins) – 7

Injected some needed intensity and direct play for Chelsea.

Kai Havertz for Lukaku (75 mins) – N/A

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Half-Time Report (Watch Goal on Video): Ben Chilwell’s goal makes the difference HT: Brentford 0-1 Chelsea

Ben Chilwell’s sweetly struck shot makes the difference at the break after Bryan Mbeumo had hit the post for Brentford.

After some decent hold up play from Romelu Lukaku, the ball bounced around before it bounced into the path of Ben Chilwell for him to hit.

And hit it he did. The Englishman smashed the ball on the half-volley into the roof of David Raya’s net.

Chilwell displayed sublime technique by arching his left peg high into the sky to leather a finish into the back of the net.

The defender on the goal trail, his second of the season for Chelsea and netted for England in the international break too.

The timing of that goal was perfect, right on the stroke of half-time.

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Brentford boss Thomas Frank declares readiness to face Chelsea’s “huge challenge”, reacts to Arsenal, Man United speculation

Thomas Frank says his side are ready for a “huge challenge” as they take on European champions Chelsea in a scarcely contested west London derby Saturday evening.

While Chelsea head to the Brentford Community Stadium as League leaders, the Bees are also riding high, currently seventh, having mixed it with the big guns by beating Arsenal and drawing with Liverpool already this season, but Frank is under no illusions as to the scale of the task against Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Frank said: “[On the day] we won our promotion in the play-off final, they won the Champions League!.

“I think that’s a very good picture of the difference between the two clubs. To face the European champions and the No1 in the Premier League, it is a huge challenge.

“The derby is a big thing, definitely, but it’s just as much that Chelsea is a massive club. That’s important, and because we haven’t faced Chelsea that much in recent years, it’s not the same as Fulham or QPR. That’s my take on it — maybe the fans see it differently.”

In an interview with a Danish publication during the international break, the 47-year-old was forced to deny speculation linking him with the Arsenal and Manchester United jobs and ahead of the anniversary reiterated his commitment to the club he has led into a new era of Premier League football at a state-of-the-art new home.

“I’m at a club I’m extremely privileged to be at and I’m happy when I go to my job every single day,” he said, via Evening Standard.

“We are in a very positive development and there are still things we can improve to reach our full potential.

“I can’t see any reason why any of our players should want to leave or why I should leave. We’re in a fantastically well-run club with still a lot of things to reach out for, so life is good.”