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Chelsea saved by Chilwell and Mendy

Chelsea´s continued experiment with 3-5-2 came up short again in a staccato first half, where the visitors struggled to break down Brentford.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel´s latest tactical ruse of pushing Mateo Kovacic and N´Golo Kante into wider areas failed to pay dividends.

Brentford spent much of the half comfortable, prompting their supporters to sing toward Chelsea´s fans: "Champions of Europe, you´re having a laugh."

Mbeumo hit the woodwork with Mendy for once beaten, so nearly capping a fluent home move.

Chelsea started to settle and to find Werner in space on the left flank. But even when the forward created havoc and looked to have laid on the opener, Lukaku found himself offside when tapping into the empty net.

Chelsea´s creeping dominance eventually told, though, when Chilwell punished a poor Brentford clearance.

The Bees failed to clear a hanging cross with Lukaku making a nuisance of himself in the area, and the England left back crashed home a finish.

Chilwell´s sweet strike again underscored his fine technique and he has scored in three straight games, also netting for England last week.

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