CHELSEA advanced to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 victory over Brentford.
Thomas Tuchel gave debuts to a number of young players but it was ultimately the experience of being on the bench that gave the Blues victory.
Chelsea are holding the ball quite comfortably but it is the arrival of N’Golo Kante that puts Brentford’s back line under a lot of pressure.
Kante cleverly positioned himself on the right flank and sent Reece James down – the England star went down and Pontus Jansson bounced the ball past his keeper to open the scoring.
Minutes later, Christian Pulisic was awarded the penalty Jorginho had thrown home – both came on in the first half.
Although Tuchel will be pleased his side have earned consecutive clean sheets, his side could have gone late at the break.
Kepa Arrizabalaga produced a string of excellent saves and Trevoh Chalobah organized well in the center of the defence.
Here’s how Simon Phillips rates Chelsea’s performance.
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 9/10
Is that why Chelsea kept a clean sheet with an excellent early save to deny Yoan Wissa a header from close range, before parrying Rico Henry’s shot as he passed one-on-one.
Chelsea relied on him a lot.
Xavier Simons – 6
There were a couple of goals in the first half but didn’t create enough quality to make it difficult for Alvaro Fernandez.
It was a bit unfair to ask the youngster to play outside of his natural position at full-back on his debut, but he did well before being disqualified.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 6
A superb defense as Bryan Mbuemo pressured him to pass the ball back to Kepa – the Brentford forward would have been ready to score had it not been for the captain’s intervention.
The Spaniard looked a bit vulnerable at times with Brentford’s pace and aside from a few good crosses and steady ball retention, his signs of aging only showed as he played for me more. at this moment.
Trevoh Chalobah – 9
He is the leader and organizer at the back in Thiago Silva’s absence.
He doesn’t quite have the composure he once had but he certainly did his best to fill the void in the heart of Chelsea’s defence.
Malang Sarr – 6
It always seems responsible when he’s playing and he’s not consistent on the ball, too often to give it away.
Sometimes he does a few things well and does the basics OK, but then gives three easy times right after. Strange player. Fair had a better second half.
Marcos Alonso – 5
Similar to Sarr, he’ll do a few good things in attack and create chances, but then he’ll make three consecutive passes that don’t reach their goal, three easy passes. Frustrating to watch.
Saul – 7
Another steady performance of his, he’s not making many mistakes and is fighting hard in his midfield role.
His second game in a row where we’ve seen half of the form is pretty decent, so he’ll get there.
An accurate cross almost scored an own goal and gave Chelsea the upper hand in possession.
Mateo Kovacic – 8
It’s great that he’s back in the starting line for Chelsea, he’s both brought a lot of calm and helped keep possession.
He played a bit wider in the midfield but he had a good game before leaving at half-time.
Ross Barkley – 3
With all the academy players on the pitch, Barkley is widely regarded as Chelsea’s weakest link.
Whenever he has the ball, he looks as if he doesn’t know what to do with it and often gives up possession.
Harvey Vale – 8
Chelsea’s glare on first team debut.
Vale seems to have it all about his game, while keeping the ball good and quick, he’s also very creative, intelligent and has proven he can fit the physicality of the Premier League.
Great chance to score from being out of the box but his header goes straight to Fernandez.
Jude Soonsup-Bell – 7
Similar to Vale, he is bright and smart on the ball, always looking to make cute little passes to split the defence.
He is isolated at times but bonds very well with both Vale and Simons, obviously!
Harsh to take him off as he is isolated but still looks good.
Jorginho (for Kovacic at HT) – 8
Calmer in midfield and looks dangerous with long passes. Score a beautiful penalty.
Christian Pulisic (for Soonsup-Bell at HT) – 8
Linking well with Vale and his pace is a real threat and the way he won the penalty.
Reece James (for Simons 66′) – 7
Pontus Jansson passes the ball into his net.
Mason Mount (for Vale 66′) – 7
His energy helped us keep the ball more and try to penetrate Brentford’s back line.
N’Golo Kante (for Barkley 76′) – 7
Made the difference for Chelsea’s attack as soon as he came on and played a big part in the opening goal.
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