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Chelsea player ratings vs Brentford: Mason Mount voided as Kepa Arrizabalaga continues good form

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helsea couldn’t find a way to beat a physical Brentford side as they played a goalless away draw on Wednesday night.

Thomas Frank’s team missed better chances with close-range headers from strikers Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbuemo, who were saved by Kepa Arrizabalga.

Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz and Carney Chukeumeka saved shots in the second half of Chelsea’s best season.

It came in a match where Broja would make his debut for the childhood club.

Nizaar Kinsella was at Gtech Community Stadium to witness the action…

Kepa Arrizabalaga – 9

Kepa, who made a good save from Toney in the ninth minute, was under the pressure of a direct run behind the center and defence.

He made another big stop to deny Toney in the 34th minute after scoring an own goal from striker Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

From close range in the second half, he made two more big saves with the efforts of Mbeumo and Toney to show himself as a really fit goalkeeper.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 7

It almost looked like he would give an early penalty but Mbeumo sought the challenge. He had a good long-range shot saved by David Raya towards the end of the half and produced the most distance between any Chelsea player on a busy defensive night.

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Trevoh Chalobah – 7

Trevoh Chalobah played ‘the role of Thiago Silva’ at the heart of the defence, the 38-year-old overnight. Shoes that are nearly impossible to fill, but…

Kalidou Kulibaly – 6

The former Napoli player struggled to keep up with Frank Onyeka’s pace and direction in the first half. He’s probably the weakest link in the back trio, but he still did well in the final minutes under heavy pressure.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 5

His bad touch left Toney behind at 14 minutes and he seemed to be struggling early on. He took a bad shot at the end of the first half. It’s not his best debut, despite playing wing-back under Thomas Tuchel.

Conor Gallagher – None

The 22-year-old had to leave the game in the 14th minute after what appeared to be a knee problem, causing concern in front of Manchester United on Saturday.

However, it was a short-term illness issue that caused his early exit.

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Jorginho – 6

Brentford were controlling most of this match and were physically dominant.

Mason Mountain – 5

Coming back to a deeper No8 role, he hasn’t been in the offensive play like he has in recent weeks. He was largely neutralized by Brentford and removed in the 62nd minute, perhaps putting him on rest for Manchester United.

Marc Cucurella – 6

Cucurella became heavily involved early on with a series of attacks from his flank. She enjoyed physical duels and, despite her small stature, handled them well. However, some of its positional play was exploited by Brentford.

Kai Havertz – 4

He got involved in several physical duels at first, was acquitted in good physical condition but perhaps distractingly enough. It’s not a target threat though.

Armando Broja – 6

The 21-year-old made his first offensive hit with a mid-kick in the 26th minute. He eliminated Ben Mee with a strong dribbling in the 36th minute, eventually leading to an Azpilicueta kick.

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His phenomenal ability to run from behind caused confusion again in the 40th minute and he beat Brentford’s defenses before smashing a crosshair out of Kai Havertz’s reach.

You can also say that he made his debut in some action as he got the chance in the last three.

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Mateo Kovacic – 7

He wasn’t supposed to play against Brentford, but he made a big impact from the bench to increase control of the game. One such moment was his impressive dribble in the middle of the first half to escape the pressure. He was flawless on the ball and blocked his long-range shot in the second half.

Carney Chukwuemeka – 8

He showed his confidence in creating a pass shortly after entering the game at the 62nd minute and hooked up with Havertz. He won the match in near stoppage time with a powerful low kick at wide angle that was saved by Raya’s feet.

Christian Pulisic – 6

Pulisic, who entered the game for the ninth time this season, created an opportunity to score in the 78th minute. A nice shot Raya saved in the 89th minute almost fell on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Raheem Sterling – 5

Even after his struggles at Aston Villa, the England star began playing wing-back to replace Cucurella. Unfortunately, it was too far from the target to be a threat.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang – None

Unused substitutes: Mendy, Silva, Zakaria, Ziyech.

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