Chelsea are in danger of missing out on the Premier League title after a 2-0 defeat at Brentford this afternoon. This was Chelsea’s first ever home loss to the Bees, and they now need Liverpool to lift their game against Bournemouth on Thursday night if they’re going to stay in contention for top spot.
Chelsea’s season in doubt on and off the field as Brentford find historic win, Christian Eriksen goal. The “Chelsea’s season in doubt on and off the field as Brentford find historic win, Christian Eriksen goal” is a soccer match that took place on September 2nd, 2018 between Chelsea and Brentford. The game ended with a 1-0 victory for Chelsea.
LONDON, United Kingdom — Chelsea went from being a goal to the good at home to wondering if their season was going to unravel in the space of ten minutes.
At Stamford Bridge, Antonio Rudiger’s wondergoal at the opening of the second half provided some solace, but it was only a temporary reprieve from the club’s off-field ownership dispute and now on-field instability. Following that, Christian Eriksen, Mads Roerslev, and Bryan Mbuemo produced a historic 4-1 triumph for Brentford, exposing the hosts’ frail condition.
From the 50th to the 60th minute, Brentford struck Chelsea on the counter-attack three times, with Vitaly Janelt scoring twice each side of Eriksen’s first Premier League goal. Yoane Wissa scored the game’s fourth goal in the final minutes to lead them to their first victory over their London rivals since 1939 — the distance between Stamford Bridge and Brentford’s field is just 5.5 miles.
Brentford’s greatest victory of the season, and one of the most spectacular in the club’s history, came in their debut season in the Premier League. It was engineered by Chelsea’s hustle, aggressive pressing, and superb nuisances. Their conventional older brothers were treated with little regard. Instead, while Chelsea battled to break the heavy press, Thomas Frank’s team perfected their tactics, allowing Brentford to counter-attack anytime Chelsea’s desperation left them exposed at the back.
Brentford’s only out-ball was Mbuemo, but it all went via Eriksen, the midfield master. Three of his four starts for the club have resulted in victories, so it’s no surprise that Frank is anxious to retain the Danish midfielder through the end of the season.
Frank stated on Saturday, “Christian is a quality player.” “He’s a living fantasy, which makes me extremely happy. On the ball, he’s cool, he finds a solution, and he scores and assists.”
Brentford’s triumph lifts them 11 points out of the relegation zone, and while they can begin planning for next season, Chelsea’s immediate and long-term prospects remain unknown. Four offers remain on the table for the club, which is up for sale until April 11th.
“We let up three goals in less than ten minutes, which is unusual. I’m not sure why we did that “After the game, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel stated. “We didn’t defend ourselves maturely enough, and it was an unusual experience for us. We were reprimanded. It’s a rundown of odd occurrences. We had a rough start — we were a little sluggish, which is to be expected. Normally, the purpose is to create additional places, but for some reason, the reverse occurred, and I’m not sure why.”
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Then, in the 87th minute, Brentford’s replacement Wissa scored the game’s fourth goal. They’re on the map now, but retaining Eriksen is crucial to the team’s development.
Chelsea, on the other hand, is in a state of flux. By the end of the month, the off-field ownership situation should be clearer, but it may be too late to keep their defensive core intact and the season on track.
There are far too many distractions for Tuchel to feel comfortable as they prepare for another big match on Wednesday, with Andreas Christensen reportedly on his way to Barcelona, Rudiger also out of contract, and Cesar Azpilicueta’s future uncertain despite the club activating an extension clause in his contract. That’s on top of Timo Werner’s awful performance, Marcos Alonso’s poor performance, and the never-ending mistakes.
“It seems to be yet another blip. I’m not going to create a drama out of this “Saturday, Tuchel said. “Why should we bother? Brentford made the most of the ten minutes they were given. We had a disallowed goal after the third goal, and then we had a huge, massive opportunity from Kai Havertz, which we missed. It’s a combination of everything, but I wouldn’t put my faith in it as fate. We’ll figure out why it happened like way, analyze it, and digest it — it’s uncommon for us and difficult to accept. On Monday, we’ll concentrate.”
Tuchel has to get this club back on track with Real Madrid coming to town in the Champions League quarterfinals this week and Crystal Palace in the FA Cup semifinals on April 17. Chelsea seemed lethargic, misplacing pass after missed pass.
Chelsea fans were already rushing out the door when Wissa scored Brentford’s fourth goal. Tuchel shook Frank’s hand and walked straight down the tunnel after the full-time whistle, with blue seats strewn throughout Stamford Bridge and Brentford supporters yelling “We want five” in the Chelsea players’ ears. He’ll be hoping that this is just a blip on the radar and not the start of the season unraveling.