Brentford 0 – 2 Chelsea

Chelsea struck late to seal their move to the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win at Brentford.

Bees defender Pontus Jansson scored with his own goal opening the scoring in the 80th minute, and Jorginho sealed the Blues victory from the penalty spot with five minutes to go at Brentford Community Stadium, creating a semi-final draw with Tottenham.

It was a frustrating night for Brentford, who had had the best of chance in the first half, but ultimately succumbed to pressure from Chelsea as the Blues reached the final four of the competition they last won in 2015.

Chelsea sealed Carabao’s move to the semifinals

Chelsea dominated possession in the first half, but it was Brentford who created the best chances. The first grand opening was best in the 12th minute, when Yoane Wissa was found by Bryan Mbeumo in the middle but put his header too close to Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Kepa was called into action again in the visitors’ goal in the 31st minute to deny a header from Mathias Jensen, and then for a palm wide from Rico Henry after the full-back was released behind the Chelsea defense.

On the other hand, Chelsea’s best chance came just before half-time and fell on Harvey Vale, one of three teenagers who made their first-team debut with Thomas Tuchel. After 43 minutes he found himself unmarked in the area to receive a cross from Cesar Azpilicueta, but could only head Alvaro Fernandez.

Team news

  • Brentford had been out for nearly two weeks, which gave Sergi Canos, Ethan Pinnock and Mads Bech Sorensen the opportunity to get back in shape and return to the starting eleven.
  • Thomas Tuchel made a number of changes at Chelsea, including debuts for 17-year-old Jude Soonsup-Bell, 18-year-old Xavier Simons and 18-year-old Harvey Vale

Another one of those rookies, Jude Soonsup-Bell, was eliminated at half-time, along with Mateo Kovacic, while Tuchel freshened things up for Chelsea, with Jorginho and Christian Pulisic joining in their place.

Chelsea's Jorginho (center) celebrates with teammates Marcos Alonso (right) and Mason Mount after scoring against Brentford
Chelsea’s Jorginho (center) celebrates with teammates Marcos Alonso (right) and Mason Mount after scoring against Brentford

However, it was two more changes that ultimately led to the breakthrough for Chelsea. Substitute N’Golo Kante found another substitute in Reece James on the right, and his cross was converted into his own net by the hapless Jansson with 10 minutes remaining.

In the 85th minute, the game was over when Fernandez tripped Pulisic in the box and Jorginho stepped forward to send him to the wrong side from the spot.

What the managers said …

of Brentford Thomas Frank: “I went as fast as I could, and it was a great wasted opportunity. Last time we played a better first half than [in the league game]. We didn’t give anything away and we did very well in the low block. They had a chance and we had the best chance. We did well and we should have been in front.

“In the second half we struggled to create. We were always on the counterattack and didn’t take set pieces. But once again we defended well and didn’t give anything away until the 80th minute, where we had to do a little better at that moment. . side. Pontus has had a fantastic season and he will blame himself. Two small mistakes gave them two goals, and that was the difference today. “

by Chelsea Thomas Tuchel: “It was clear it was going to be a tough draw with four strong teams. Tottenham are good for our fans, it’s a London derby and it will be tough, but we can’t wait. We did everything we could to get to the semi-final, we wanted to to be there and we deserved it, it was a brilliant performance and result given the circumstances, the line-up and the situation.

“Some of the guys who played were young, and others who didn’t have as many minutes were driving them. Suddenly you find yourself in the middle of a game like this, where it’s hard to play and you have to take responsibility. It’s not easy to play. to do and I’m very happy with how we did. He was very disciplined and structured, with so many individual qualities. Congratulations to the guys. I’m super happy. “

Man of the match: Rico Henry

It’s not often that you give this award to a man who ended up on the losing side, but Henry was withdrawn with the game still goalless and could very well have stayed that way if Thomas Frank hadn’t decided to remove him.

Chelsea’s all-important lead fell on his side once he wasn’t there, and in his 73 minutes on the pitch, he provided a constant threat on the left for Brentford. With Luke Shaw out of shape and Ben Chilwell injured, Gareth Southgate should keep an eye on.

The calendar of the Carabao Cup 2021/22 …

What’s next?

Live Renault Super Sunday

Sunday 26 December at 17:00

Live Renault Super Sunday

Sunday 26 December 19:45

Brentford will be live Sky Sports Boxing Day when they go to Brighton in the Premier League; kick-off at 20.00. Chelsea will also be live on Sky Sports shortly before on their way to Aston Villa on Sunday; kick-off 17:30.

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