Analysis

Tuchel delighted with 'decisive' Mendy and Chilwell roles at Brentford

Thomas Tuchel highlighted the importance of the performances from Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy to our 1-0 victory at Brentford as well as discussing the form of striking duo Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner...

Tuchel saw his side record a 1-0 victory in a west London derby as we made the short trip to Brentford and it was Ben Chilwell who got the decisive goal right at the end of the first half.

The left wing-back has had to be patient for his opportunities this season, finding himself left out by our head coach at the start of the campaign, but has been making up for lost time recently, with this his third goal in as many games for club and country, after also netting in our last match at Southampton and for England during the international break,

However, the German is not surprised by Chilwell's recent form, just pleased that he has recovered his fitness in time to make a significant contribution to the side as his confidence continues to grow.

I’m very happy but it was necessary,' said Tuchel. 'We need everybody and we need of course a player like him in his top shape, but you cannot force things.

'I was very honest, I felt him a little bit tired, I felt him mentally a bit drained and it needed time. So now he got his chance against Southampton and took it and he was able to score and play for England which gave him another lot of confidence and today he was strong again.

'I see him in good shape and it’s also necessary, we need him in this shape, we need everybody. We have many games in many competitions to play and I’m happy and of course this run of goals gives him a lot of confidence.'

Tuchel also highlighted the importance of another impressive performance from goalkeeper Mendy...

'He was very strong throughout the whole match. We managed to keep a lot of pressure away from him during the first 60-65 minutes but they were still there.

'They were always dangerous on set pieces, they put a lot of free-kicks, corners, free-kicks into your box so it’s a constant threat and he was very strong and very concentrated also in our build-up play, a very good performance.

'Of course, the last 20 minutes the match turned into a cup game, they took a lot of risks and got a lot of bodies into our box and we could not keep them away from shooting and having the big chances so it was absolutely decisive to escape with the clean sheet.'

He also insisted his decision to take off Romelu Lukaku as we held on to our lead in the second half had nothing to do with the striker's performance...

'I just felt him a bit tired. Honestly today I thought we did altogether a very strong 65 or 70 minutes, including Romelu and Timo.

'I’m not concerned, I felt him a bit tired and then isolated because we were together as a block defending too deep and both of them, Timo and Romelu, were a bit too far away to help us to escape the pressure. So that was a bit of a problem today, but no concern.

'Normally the best thing is if he scores but he is very unselfish at the moment looking for Timo in good situations and when we had them in those situations there were some close offside decisions. So there is no need to worry.'

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