Chelsea 0-2 Brentford: Ethan Pinnock and Bryan Mbeumo scored goals to confirm a third successive win for the Bees at Stamford Bridge
Brentford defeated Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League for the third consecutive season on Saturday, with to second-half goals from Ethan Pinnock and Bryan Mbeumo.
The Blues had recently shown indications of progress, going four games undefeated, with victories against Brighton, Fulham, and Burnley, as well as a 2-2 tie with Arsenal. But all of their deficiencies surfaced again against the Bees, as their offensive difficulties reappeared as Brentford completed a hat-trick of Premier League victories.
In the 58th minute, Pinnock headed in a cross from Bryan Mbeumo against the run of play, before Mbeumo added the second in the fifth minute of stoppage time, tapping into an empty net at the end of a fast break with Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Sanchez having gone up for a corner.
The first half was lopsided, with Chelsea playmaker Cole Palmer creating chances for Noni Madueke, Marc Cucurella, and Raheem Sterling. They were all wasted, with Madueke’s shot missing the crossbar.
Brentford was a constant danger on the counterattack, and both goals were scored that way.
Chelsea also lost to its London rival last season (2-0) and the year before (4-1), when Brentford was in the Premier League for the first time.
With emotions between the two benches boiling over, Pochettino’s assistant Jesus Perez was sent out, and it got much worse for the home side with Mbeumo’s tap-in and the end of Chelsea’s mini-revival.
Chelsea has only won one of its six league games at home this season, against promoted Luton Town, with Pochettino’s squad unable to break down defensively prepared opponents.
Brentford won their second game in a row after going eight games without a win in all competitions.