Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, blamed ‘mental tiredness’ for his side’s embarrassing defeat at home to Brentford on Saturday.
Newsbreak.ng reports that Chelsea suffered a first home league defeat since September as an eventful second half at Stamford Bridge saw visitors Brentford score four times.
The first period was tentative and quiet, although Brentford did have the best of the play and threatened occasionally through Ivan Toney.
Edouard Mendy pulled off one impressive save down low to his right, while David Raya in the opposite goal had to be similarly alert when pushing over a Hakim Ziyech effort late in the half.
Yet, it was after the break that the game burst into life, initiated by the most unlikeliest of long-range goals scored by Antonio Rudiger, the German’s strike whistling past Raya and in off the post.
That was followed by a similarly incomprehensible turnaround as Brentford scored three in the next 13 minutes. Vitaly Janelt got two of those either side of Christian Eriksen’s smart close-range finish and the damage was compounded moments before the end when substitute Yoan Wissa made it 4-1 by capitalising on mistakes in the Blues box.
The result leaves Tuchel’s side eight points clear of fifth place in the English Premier League (EPL), and brings our 17-game unbeaten home run to a crushing end.
Reacting after the match while speaking to Sky Sports, Tuchel said: “We lost control for 10 minutes. It was a tough start for us which is also not the first time after an international break.
“We were OK in the first half and had a very good start to the second half and took the lead.
“Maybe we thought it was already done and we got punished in 10 minutes.
“In general we allowed too many shots and in general we lacked energy. We looked mentally tired which is normal after being around the world.
“After scoring we forgot we still had 40 minutes to play. I think it was deserved we took the lead.
“I did not have high expectations. We struggled and we found a way to be in the lead. We made life very complicated for ourselves because we stopped defending.”