Premier League Chelsea must defend better after Brentford draw – Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino was disappointed with how Chelsea allowed Brentford back into the 2-2 Premier League draw between the two sides at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Nicolas Jackson opened the scoring with an impressive header before Brentford equalised early in the second half through Mads Roerslev and then took the lead via an acrobatic effort from Yoane Wissa.

However, a late Axel Disasi header ensured the points were shared in west London with the match ending 2-2. Speaking after the game, Pochettino was content with his side’s display in the first half, but was frustrated with how Brentford were allowed to fight their way back into the Premier League contest.

“We showed full control in the first half,’ he explained. ‘We created many chances and I think we played very well,” said Pochettino, adding: “Of course, we didn’t start well in the second half and we allowed them to take the lead. We conceded some crosses and it was tough because the game was really open, too many transitions and they made it 1-1.

“We must defend better, of course, at a very difficult place to come. But we’ve had a tough three games in six days, and I think the effort was massive. It was hard to keep the energy in the second half. I think that was the key to the game.

“They played more direct. We were not consistent at this moment. We conceded and that changed the game, their belief increased. In the end, of course, we wanted all three points, but we are disappointed a little bit in the way we conceded and because the team made the effort to get all three.”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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