Chelsea stunned at home by Brentford in late drama
Chelsea's inconsistent start to the Premier League season continued as they suffered a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Brentford in a match that saw the Blues fail to register a single shot on target in the second half.
Mauricio Pochettino's men, who began the match with 12 points from 9 games, were hoping to find their rhythm and climb the table. However, Brentford had other ideas, showcasing a disciplined and determined performance that frustrated the home side.
Pinnock Breaks the Deadlock
The match was largely even until the 58th minute when Brentford's Bryan Mbeumo whipped in a precise cross that found Ethan Pinnock. The defender made no mistake, heading the ball past Chelsea's Roberto Sanchez to give the visitors a surprise lead.
Chelsea, known for their attacking prowess, struggled to break down a resolute Brentford defense. The Bees, managed by Thomas Frank, executed their game plan to perfection, keeping the Blues at bay and limiting their opportunities.
Late Drama Seals the Deal for Brentford
As the match neared its conclusion, Chelsea grew increasingly desperate. In a last-ditch effort to salvage a point, goalkeeper Roberto Sanchez ventured forward for a corner in the dying moments of injury time. However, this decision backfired spectacularly.
Brentford seized the opportunity, launching a rapid counter-attack. Neal Maupay, always alert to opportunities, found Mbeumo who had the simple task of slotting the ball into an empty net, sealing a memorable 2-0 victory for the visitors.
Chelsea's Woes Continue
This latest setback raises further questions about Chelsea's title aspirations under Pochettino. The Blues have now dropped more points at home and will need to find answers quickly if they hope to challenge for the top spots.
Brentford, on the other hand, will be ecstatic with their performance and result. This victory will surely boost their confidence as they continue their Premier League journey.
The final whistle was met with a chorus of boos from the Chelsea faithful, who will be expecting a swift response from their team in the coming fixtures. Pochettino, meanwhile, will need to rally his troops and address the evident issues that have plagued Chelsea's start to the season.