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Graham Potter delivers Chelsea verdict on Brentford stalemate as unbeaten start continues

Graham Potter delivers Chelsea verdict on Brentford stalemate as unbeaten start continues

The Blues drew 0-0 against the Bees.

Chelsea boss Graham Potter has delivered his verdict on the Blues’ 0-0 draw against Brentford on Wednesday night.

The two west London sides came face to face at the Gtech Community Stadium in the Premier League, but neither team were able to find the back of the net in what was an eventual stalemate.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has been in top form in recent weeks for Chelsea, was able to keep yet another clean sheet in between the sticks.

The Spanish goalkeeper was on hand to deny Ivan Toney twice in the first half before preventing Bryan Mbeumo from netting the opener in the second in what was another fine performance.

Armando Broja made his first start for the Blues and was close to scoring his second goal for the club, but ultimately he was unable to get himself onto the scoresheet.

Such a result in west London sees Chelsea remain fourth in the Premier League table, and ensure they are still unbeaten under Potter.

The head coach spoke to Amazon Prime after the draw against the Bees and shared his thoughts on what was a tough battle.

“We are always disappointed when we don’t win,” said the 47-year-old.

“A point is fair. They had chances, we were pushing at the end. A really tough game. We pushed and pushed, not easy in the schedule we have, I’m proud of the boys they gave everything.

“It gives you a chance to pick up points. We wanted to be a bit better in the first half but credit to the opponent. 

“We stood up to it quite well, you have to survive your moments. Hard earned point.

“There is no rest, you have to keep moving. Four points (from last two away games) which is not too bad. We wanted to win but we have to credit our opponent, take the point and go again.”

Cesar Azpilicueta after the draw against Brentford. (Alamy)
Cesar Azpilicueta after the draw against Brentford. (Alamy)

Chelsea are now unbeaten in seven games across all competitions, having conceded just two goals during that time.

Potter opted to make another series of rotational changes to the starting XI as they continue their busy schedule ahead of the World Cup.

Conor Gallagher started against the Bees but was brought off early in the substitution with what initially appeared to be an injury, but it was soon revealed that the midfielder is ill.

It is not yet known how long he could be out of action for, but he is another absence on the list at Chelsea.

Wesley Fofana and N’Golo Kante have both been injured for the Blues in recent weeks, with the latter needing surgery on his hamstring and set to be sidelined for around four months.

Reece James is also out for the side as he recovers from a knee injury.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Chelsea, Graham Potter, Brentford, Premier League, Football