Graham Potter remains unbeaten as Chelsea manager but watched on in frustration as his side were held to a goalless draw by Brentford. Despite a shaky performance, the Blues have now kept three consecutive Premier League clean sheets to remain inside the top four.
Thomas Frank’s men were looking to put an end to a run of six consecutive midweek league games without victory, and their high press immediately proved effective in preventing Chelsea from playing out. The Bees were also enjoying success in attack, with Ivan Toney’s early header forcing Kepa Arrizabalga into a fingertip save.
Despite losing Conor Gallagher to injury, the visitors were able to gain a foothold, but creating chances was proving difficult. Armando Broja’s pace was causing problems in behind the Brentford backline, although there was no end product of any note from the Albanian. In fact, César Azpilicueta had Chelsea’s most dangerous shot on goal, with his low, driven effort being saved by David Raya.
Mads Roerslev, who had fed the ball for Toney’s earlier chance, was at it again after the interval. This time, he supplied Bryan Mbeumo for a free header on the six-yard line, but his gilt-edged header lacked power and was easily swallowed up by Arrizabalaga. A triple substitution tilted the momentum in Chelsea’s favour, with Kai Havertz stinging Raya’s palms with a powerful effort.
The visitors remained in control in the closing stages but couldn’t find the quality to edge ahead, preventing Potter from becoming just the eighth manager in PL history to win his first four matches in charge of a club. Brentford have now failed to score in five of their last seven London derbies at the Gtech Community Stadium, and have won just one of their last five league outings.