Chelsea defeated Brentord 4-0 in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, and it was a very dominant display from the men in Blue. However, at some point in the game, Brentford gave Chelsea some food for thought.
Brentord started the second-half in a different fashion from the first; they added intensity to their game and pressed Chelsea high up the field. They took the game to Chelsea and Asmir Begovic had to produce a one-on-one save to protect his clean sheet. Conte then brought on Branislav Ivanovic in place for Willian, and Chelsea took control again, scoring two more goals to seal the victory.
Brentford manager Dean Smith admitted after the game that he urged his players to take the game to Chelsea in the second-half, after a poor first half performance.
Speaking after the game, Dean said: “I said to the players at half-time that I didn’t think we got enough out of the first-half. It was always going to be tough but I didn’t want to come away from here without us asking a question. We needed to get on the front-foot, make some tackles, and ask questions of Chelsea. I thought we did that and for 20 minutes in the second-half we put an awful lot of pressure on them and created some good chances. Unfortunately, we didn’t take one of them which would have allowed us to get back in the game. Branislav Ivanovic got the third one from a breakaway and then the game is over.”