Brentford’s stunning 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Wednesday condemned the Blues to their fifth straight defeat in all competitions under interim coach Frank Lampard. The loss left Chelsea in 11th place in the Premier League table and stumbling towards possibly their worst campaign since the 1993-94 season. Brentford, on the other hand, moved up to ninth place in the league, surpassing their points tally for all of last season.
The match saw Brentford go ahead when an own goal by Chelsea’s captain Cesar Azpilicueta put the Bees in the lead. They extended their lead in the second half with a strike by Bryan Mbeumo. Lampard made changes at half-time, bringing on Mykhailo Mudryk and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but it was substitute Mbeumo who sealed the victory for Brentford.
Lampard admits to lack of confidence in his team
Lampard admitted that everything was going against Chelsea but said that his team had controlled much of the game and failed to create clear chances, attributing this to a lack of confidence. He also acknowledged the competitive nature of the Premier League and said that his team would have to fight for their moment.
Brentford coach Thomas Frank was understandably delighted with his team’s victory and said that surpassing their points tally for last season was a result of a lot of hard work on the training pitch and in the offices. The win also highlighted Brentford’s growing status as a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League.