Ben Chilwell says Chelsea showed the mindset they will require for progress this season as they held off an exceptional late push from Brentford to get back to the Premier League top.
Britain left-back Chilwell’s first-half objective – his third in quite a while for club and nation – was sufficient to win the west London derby, however just because of some solid protective work as the Bees heaped on the strain in the end organizes.
After Liverpool had gone top by whipping Watford prior on Saturday, Thomas Tuchel’s side reacted in the day’s late game with an experienced and hounded show against their advanced hosts.
The European heroes overwhelmed the primary half however needed to burrow profound to get the three focuses in the main association meeting between the two clubs in 74 years.
“The last 20 minutes, we showed the mentality we need to be showing all season,” Chilwell said.
“It was hell on Earth, the last 20 minutes, but we did pretty well.”
“We have Eddy [Mendy] to thank, he was amazing,” Chilwell said. “He made superb saves and got us the three points in the end.
“I’m happy to get on the scoresheet and happy to score the only goal of the game. But we showed our defensive steel.”
The result would have been diverse had Brentford forward Bryan Mbeumo scored rather than twice hitting the Blues woodwork either side of Chilwell’s champ.
In an unglued last 15 minutes where Brentford tossed everything at their adversaries, Chelsea attendant Edouard Mendy needed to make two significant and daring recoveries, while Blues safeguard Trevoh Chalobah likewise cleaned up the line.
Senegal worldwide Mendy additionally tipped over a gymnastic exertion from Bees midfielder Christian Norgaard in injury-time, fixing a triumph which the Blues manager commended fiercely with his colleagues at the last whistle.
“In the end, the last 20 minutes were suddenly a cup game and they had nothing to lose,” said 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.”