Chelsea 0-2 Brentford: Lampard suffers fifth straight defeat as boss

Chelsea 0-2 Brentford: Frank Lampard’s miserable return to Stamford Bridge continues as he suffers his FIFTH straight defeat since becoming the club’s interim manager… as fans turn on the players in defeat to Thomas Frank’s side

  • Chelsea suffered their fifth straight defeat since Frank Lampard returned as the club’s interim manager 
  • The Blues dominated the game but went behind after the ball deflected off Cesar Azpilicueta into the net 
  • Bryan Mbeumo came off the bench to add a second as he cut in off the right and expertly scored for the Bees 

Think of Mauricio Pochettino at Stamford Bridge and images of that tempestuous night spring to mind when his Tottenham team went down fighting, surrendering the lead to Chelsea and, with it, the title to Leicester

Tempers flared and blood boiled. Pochettino waded onto the pitch to pull players apart and as the Argentine watched from afar on the team he has agreed to take over he will surely realise his first task will be to get the fire raging again.

Chelsea’s flame is weak. Where they used to duel and hold influence at the summit of the Premier League they are now engaged in these local squabbles in mid-table.

And, after losing at home to Thomas Frank’s spirited Brentford for the second season in a row, are winless in eight games. This time courtesy of an own goal by Cesar Azpilicueta and a late second by Bryan Mbeumo on a late counter attack.

Frank Lampard has lost his first five back in charge – nine of his last 10 including the end of his reign at Everton – and they go to Arsenal next. This Chelsea side are low on intensity and painfully devoid of goals. They have scored only 30 in 32 league games this season and cannot wait for this miserable first season of the new era to end.

Brentford piled more misery on Chelsea with a 2-0 victory after an own-goal by Cesar Azpilicueta and a Bryan Mbeumo strike

Frank Lampard has now suffered five straight defeats since he returned to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea’s interim manager

Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga watches on Azpilicueta puts the ball in his own net via a Mathias Jorgensen header

Substitute Mbeumo sealed the three points as he cut in off the right flank and expertly placed the ball into the back of the net

Fans turned against the players after their latest defeat leaves them six points outside of a place in the top-half of the table 

Amidst their woe, the strange decision to bring back Lampard has not had the desired impact. There was no instant bounce and Chelsea have become marooned, adrift of their visitors from across West London, which may explain the subdued atmosphere.


Chelsea (3-5-1-1): Arrizabalaga 6; Fofana 6, Silva 6, Chalobah 6; Azpilicueta 5 (Aubameyang 46, 7), Kante 7, Fernandez 6 (Felix 79), Kovacic 6, Chilwell 7; Gallagher 6 (Mudryk 46, 7); Sterling 6 (Madueke 79).

Subs: Mendy, Badiashile, Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Ziyech.

Bookings: Fofana

Manager: Frank Lampard 6

Brentford (3-5-2): Raya 6.5; Jorgensen 8, Pinnock 7.5, Mee 7; Roerslev 6, Onyeka 6 (Damsgaard 62, 6), Janelt 6.5, Jensen 6 (Baptiste 62, 6), Henry 6.5 (Hickey 90); Toney 6 (Schade 83), Wissa 5 (Mbeumo 62, 7).

Subs: Cox, Dasilva, Ghoddos, Stevens.

Goals: Azpilicueta og 37, Mbeumo 78

Bookings: Jensen, Henry

Manager: Thomas Frank 7

Ref: Andy Madley 6

Almost all the noise came from the away fans in the Shed End as they watched their team make a confident start. They set out by taunting Lampard with songs about his imminent sacking before signs of life from the hosts and ended the night signing about their club now rules in West London.

Chelsea dominated possession for long spells. Ben Chilwell, among their better performers, lifted the tempo in the early stages with a strong charge out of defence, down the left flank, trading passes with Connor Gallagher only to see his low cross cut out by Ben Mee as he tried to find Raheem Sterling at the back post.

Sterling and Gallagher reformed their unorthodox strike pairing for Chelsea as they had done on their previous outing, the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid.

And Chelsea controlled a long spell of first-half possession without extending Brentford’s trio of towering centre-halves.

N’Golo Kante picked out Thiago Silva with a cross from the right but the Brazilian’s header lacked force and goalkeeper David Raya made a comfortable save.

Otherwise, they were restricted to a series of speculative efforts from long-range. Kante, busy on the ball, fired over twice. Sterling also took aim from distance and drove over. Raya pushed over an effort from Enzo Fernandez.

Brentford always offered a threat on the break. Frank Onyeka wanted a penalty as he collected a pass from Vitaly Janelt on the move and tumbled over as soon as he detected a hand in his back from Trevoh Chalobah.

It was not a foul and referee Andy Madley waved play on but the visitors took the lead before the interval with a freakish own goal from a corner.

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva and his midfield team mate Enzo Fernandez vie for the same ball following a corner kick 

Chelsea had a golden chance to bag an equaliser after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beat David Raya to a corner

The Chelsea star though could only watch on as the ball went agonisingly over the crossbar to squander a golden chance

Mykhailo Mudryk (right) and Joao Felix, like Aubameyang, were brought off the bench but failed to make an impact

Centre-half Mathias Jorgensen leapt to flick the ball on at the near post with a glancing header and it flashed into Azpilicueta, striking him on the shoulder before he could adjust and deflecting inside the post.

With Reece James ruled out injured for the rest of the season, it was the Chelsea captain’s first start in more than two months. That was in a home defeat against Southampton. Now, they trailed again and the home crowd booed them off at half-time.

Azpilicueta and Gallagher did not return for the second half as Lampard made two changes in search of more cutting edge up front. On came Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mykhailo Mudryk, and Chalobah moved to right-back in a 4-3-3 formation.

They injected more purpose and generated momentum, kicking towards the Matthew Harding end. The home crowd stirred as they peppered the Brentford goal. Aubameyang was at the heart of it, beating the keeper in the air after Sterling headed Silva’s pass back across goal.

Silva headed wide before Bees boss Frank made a trio of changes and strengthened his team’s resistance, and one of those subs, Mbeumo, scored their second on the break with the help of a deflection.

Brentford players celebrate with Mbeumo in an important victory which keeps them in the race for European qualification

David Raya made a number of saves to stop Chelsea including tipping an Enzo Fernandez shot over the crossbar

Chelsea dominated the match in terms of possession and chances created but it was another frustrating match for the Blues

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