Chelsea Retains Their Top Spot on the EPL Table After Their Hard Fought Win Over Brentford

Chelsea maintained their lead at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory against Brentford on Saturday, thanks to Ben Chilwell’s decisive goal.

The first league encounter between the two since 1947 was won by Chilwell, who scored a fantastic first-half goal to maintain Chelsea one point ahead of Liverpool and two ahead of Manchester City at the top.

Thomas Tuchel’s team controlled possession but did not force David Raya into a single save, with Chilwell scoring their only chance on goal.

Bryan Mbeumo twice hit the post, but Chelsea held on to become the first side in English Football League history to win seven London derbies in a row.

After a slow start, Mbeumo hit the crossbar in the 22nd minute, then Chelsea raced straight up the other end and scored through Romelu Lukaku, only for the offside flag to be raised.

Timo Werner wasted a couple of chances before Chilwell’s rasping strike propelled Chelsea into the lead. Their control of the game merited on the stroke of halftime.

After the intermission, the chances remained high. Before Tuchel substituted Mason Mount in the 65th minute, Mateo Kovacic’s errant attempt was the lone effort on goal from either team.

Brentford pressed for an equalizer, and Edouard Mendy saved an Ivan Toney volley before Mbeumo hit the post again with 15 minutes to go.

In the 84th minute, Mendy produced another excellent stop to deny Saman Ghoddos, and Trevoh Chalobah cleared Christian Norgaard’s follow-up off the line.

Chelsea Retains Their Top SpotMendy’s face blocked Pontus Jansson’s shot before the goalkeeper turned Norgaard’s overhead kick against the bar in stoppage time as Chelsea hung on for all three points.

What does it imply? Chilwell is making a comeback.

Tuchel claimed Chilwell returned for this season “mentally weary” after going from the high of winning the Champions League with Chelsea to failing to make an appearance for England on their way to the Euro 2020 final.

He slipped behind Marcos Alonso in the pecking order. Still, he has already scored in each of his Premier League appearances this season, and he scored for England for the first time in the 5-0 triumph against Andorra during the international break.

Chilwell looks to have regained his confidence, and if he maintains this form, Alonso will find it tough to unseat him.

Chelsea Retains Their Top Spot but Mbeumo was unlucky.

Mbeumo has already struck the crossbar six times in the Premier League this season, which is more than any other side. Burnley is the only other club to have been denied at least five times by the goal frame.

Mendy was magnificent.

Mendy didn’t have much to do for the first 70 minutes of the game, but he came up huge for Chelsea when it counted. His stops on Toney, Ghoddos, Jansson, and Norgaard were crucial in the Blues’ victory.

What comes next?

Chelsea host Malmo in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Brentford are off until next Sunday’s visit from Leicester City.

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