Ben Chilwell’s first-half wonder-strike sent Chelsea back to the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Brentford, thanks in large part to goalkeeper Edouard Mendy’s stunning saves.
Chelsea beat Brentford 1-0 on Sunday, with a wonder-goal from Ben Chilwell on the stroke of half-time.
Bryan Mbeumo hit the post for Brentford in the first half, while Timo Werner missed two fine chances for the Blues. But Chilwell’s half volley from just inside the area put Chelsea ahead as they went into the break.
Mbeumo, in a brilliant display, hit the post again in the second half before Mendy made three brilliant saves late on, first from substitute Saman Ghoddos, then with his face from Pontus Jansson at point-blank range, before also tipping over an acrobatic effort from Bees midfielder Christian Norgaard in injury-time.
This sealed a victory which the Blues keeper celebrated wildly with his teammates at the final whistle. Chelsea fans and pundits applauded Mendy after the game, thanking him for saving the three points.
“In the end, the last 20 minutes were suddenly a cup game and they had nothing to lose,” said Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.
“They found momentum and it felt like we had one player less. They played with more belief and we focused too much on defending.”
“I was happy with the first 65-70 minutes and we should have scored more. But respect to Brentford.”
After wins for Liverpool and Man City earlier on Saturday, the pressure was on Chelsea to keep up the pace in what promises to be a tight title race, and they returned to the top with their sixth win of the season.
Brentford lost for just the second time this term, and are seventh after eight games.