Chelsea 1-4 Brentford: Five things we learnt as Eriksen strikes back as Blues collapse

Christian Eriksen walks all over the Bridge for Brentford

We’ve seen him scoring from distance in a Spurs shirt far too many times so the sight of Christian Eriksen tearing down on Edouard Mendy’s goal may have seemed all too familiar to some, but of course it wasn’t. Less than a year ago Denmark’s captain lay stricken on the pitch, his heart having stopped. To see him in any side’s shirt, on any pitch is truly remarkable given his circumstances. Overnight he became a household name, even to those with no interest in football, and many are now following and admiring his success. Following on from two goals for his country in the international break, Eriksen scored his first goal for Brentford against Chelsea and his sides second of the game, likely to cheers across the world.

Brentford will be lucky to hang onto him at the end of the season, and competition for his signature is likely to be fierce.

Rudiger finally scores that screamer

Regular watchers of Chelsea will know that defender Antonio Rudiger attempts an outlandish strike from outside the box at least once a game, and against Brentford, it found the target! A goal worthy of high praise and that any player would be proud of, leaving the goalkeeper no change from approximately 35 yards out, but as a defender, conceding four goals to a team incomparable to Chelsea’s strength (on paper), you can’t imagine that Rudiger came away from the game a happy man.

Thiago Silva’s worst game in a Chelsea shirt?

Thiago Silva has barely put a foot wrong since signing for Chelsea at the beginning of last season’s campaign, in fact the veteran defender has become a fan favourite and shown that he still has more than enough left in the tank to give the world’s strikers something to think about. But, Saturday’s performance was probably the worst that we have seen from the Brazilian, at least at Stamford Bridge, including the 5-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion last season, where he was sent off with an hour still to play.

Against Brentford, Silva lacked his usual composure and confidence on the ball. He snatched at opportunities to clear the ball and he and Rudiger got in each others way for Yoane Wissa’s goal and Brentford’s fourth, which had the look of being extremely calamitous. Silva has high standards and will doubtless be keen to make amends against Real Madrid if selected.

Tuchel affected by turmoil in Brentford brain fade

In his short time at Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel has made little secret of the fact that he has enjoyed a good relationship with the club’s hierarchy, referencing Marina Granovskaia and Roman Abramovich as people that he has been happy working under. Now it has become clear that Abramovich’s tenure at the club has become untenable, a fate that Tuchel appears to have accepted, he has lamented the loss publicly.

Manager’s at Chelsea have become used to instability, yet it is usually in reference to their own roles, that the situation is in a state of flux, and Tuchel is potentially to be the last one standing, appears to be taking its toll. Personal issues have also come to the fore this week which have perhaps added to the strain on the German, and Chelsea supporters will be hoping that their manager, who has won hearts and minds, will commit to Chelsea, whoever takes over.

It’s a no from us to the Ricketts

And while we are on the subject….fans gathered to protest the potential sale of the club to the Ricketts family ahead of the game against Brentford. The owners of the Chicago Cubs have met hostility from supporters who do not want to see the American family have any success in their venture to purchase Chelsea Football Club. This is a family that have spouted and spread racial hate and bigotry and who don’t quite seem to appreciate what a multi-cultural and diverse city London is, thus, the ‘No to Ricketts’ campaign was born.

If reports are to be believed then it seems that even the UK Government are paying attention to the public backlash to the Ricketts and the fact that their bid has been allowed to progress so far, and are keen to choose an option which isn’t going to upset supporters and further rub salt into the wound of football governance in this country, which is frankly woeful.

Fan power is back folks!

Written by Rosy Cobb (@WeKnowWWA)

Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)

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