Chelsea have hardly ever imploded below the steering of Thomas Tuchel, however as Yoane Wissa fired within the fourth and despatched Brentford followers into raptures within the Shed Finish, minds flashed again to the one different time it has occurred.
That was towards West Bromwich Albion this time final yr, when Sam Allardyce stormed Stamford Bridge and his staff scored 5.
Identical to West Brom, the Bees tore the Blues aside on Saturday with their power, sweeping counter-attacks and medical ending, scoring in clusters to depart Tuchel with the duty of restoring focus and steadiness forward of a giant European date with Actual Madrid.
Thomas Tuchel is enduring considered one of his hardest moments since taking cost of Chelsea
The parallels are putting. Final yr, Chelsea tidied up the mess effectively, responding to their April mauling by successful 2-0 in Porto, 4 days later, within the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, and went on to win the trophy.
This yr they face Actual, clear on the prime of La Liga and in pursuit of their 14th European Cup with Karim Benzema in supreme kind.
‘Now it’s a bit tougher as a result of we have now to digest a giant loss,’ mentioned Tuchel. ‘I didn’t see it coming and the gamers didn’t see it coming so I’m concerned and I’ll discover a strategy to digest it and put together for Actual.
‘We cope with our issues and I don’t learn an excessive amount of into outcomes of different matches, as a result of it has nothing to do with Wednesday’s match.’ Not like final yr, there’s uncertainty swirling across the Bridge, with 4 billionaire teams vying to grab management and supporters protesting concerning the bid from the Ricketts household, homeowners of the Chicago Cubs.
It creates an air of fragility and strain will enhance if Arsenal win at Crystal Palace tonight. Tuchel’s gamers have coped admirably with boardroom distractions to date and he’ll problem them to regain this identical focus.
The Blues shipped 4 targets at residence to Brentford within the Premier League on Saturday
‘We don’t want particular issues now,’ mentioned Chelsea’s supervisor. ‘We have to depend on the issues and belief that we have now constructed all through the season. You depend on your routines to refocus. The staff must be robust in coaching, to give attention to the assembly that we have now. And to do it in one of the simplest ways doable.
‘I don’t suppose we are going to do loopy stuff and provides loopy speeches or no matter. We are going to do what we have to do to arrange for the following match. It doesn’t matter if it’s a large identify or not such a giant identify.
‘We have to do our stuff higher, on a better degree, extra dedicated, extra mature. We will’t lose focus for a minute as a result of you may get punished. It is extremely untypical of us but it surely occurred and we have to digest it.’
In fact, Brentford may need scored extra. Ivan Toney missed three good probabilities in a powerful opening spell by the guests however, when Antonio Rudiger struck from 40 yards to open the scoring, it appeared the European champions had been in management.
This Chelsea, nevertheless, at all times seem extra susceptible after they undertake a again 4. Thiago Silva has proved a wonderful signing however is protected towards tempo and motion when flanked by two centre halves. Right here, Tuchel left Andreas Christensen on the bench, left Trevoh Chalobah out of the squad and performed with 4 on the again screened by a midfield with Ruben Loftus-Cheek within the deepest function.
The guests equalised via Vitaly Janelt inside two minutes of Rudiger’s screamer, took the lead via Christian Eriksen’s first aim for his new membership and stretched forward with Janelt’s second of the sport, on the hour.
Inside 12 minutes of taking the lead, Chelsea had been 3-1 down. They threw on Reece James, Mateo Kovacic and Romelu Lukaku and created probabilities. Kai Havertz twice went shut and had a aim dominated out for handball earlier than Wissa extinguished lingering hope late on.
Tuchel insisted his choice had not been made with Actual in thoughts however adjustments can be anticipated on Wednesday. Jorginho, Kovacic and James are amongst these he depends upon within the large fixtures.
‘In the event that they go and beat Actual Madrid it’ll put it much more in perspective,’ beamed Thomas Frank as Brentford savoured their first win towards Chelsea since 1939. ‘It’s not like they missed 5, seven, eight of their prime gamers. It was their strongest staff they put on the market. I believe that makes it very particular.’