Trevoh Chalobah says the Chelsea players are suffering just like the supporters at the moment, following the defeat to Brentford, admitting this is a tough time which the team and the club need to get through.

Despite Chelsea looking the better side for much of the game, dominating possession and creating opportunities to test Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, especially in a promising spell after half-time, an unfortunate own goal by Cesar Azpilicueta and Bryan Mbeumo’s deflected effort condemned us to a third-consecutive loss in the Premier League.

Combined with our Champions League quarter-final exit to Real Madrid, it has been a difficult week to be a Blues supporter. Trevoh Chalobah insists they are not alone, though, as the team understands and shares the pain of those in the stands at Stamford Bridge, not least because many of the players, like the Academy graduate, are Chelsea fans themselves.

‘It’s a very tough one,’ said Chalobah after the final whistle against Brentford. ‘For me, being here since I was young as well, it’s difficult to see the club I’ve supported all my life is in a difficult situation now.

‘But we’ve got to stick together. It’s obviously a difficult moment for us, for the team, and we’ve just got to look forward to the next game and try and give our best.

‘Everyone’s feeling it right now. As I said, all we can do is keep going every day, working hard in training, turning up and trying to do our best.’

Not for the first time this season, the Blues’ struggles in front of goal were highlighted again as we succumbed to defeat to west London neighbours Brentford without scoring, after having 73 per cent of the possession and managing 12 shots to the Bees’ six, with four of ours on target.

Compared to the fortunate nature of Brentford’s two goals on Wednesday, when they managed just one shot on target in the whole game, Chalobah admits luck has not been on our side.

However, he is also adamant the Blues can only look at themselves when it comes to the reasons behind our scoring struggles, even if he knows first-hand from training that it is not down to any lack of effort from his attacking team-mates.

‘We’re not getting a lot of luck at the moment,’ added the defender. ‘Obviously we’re not looking as sharp as we want to look up front. We had a lot of possession, a lot of control of the game, but at the end of the day the ball didn’t go in the net. It’s all good having possession but we need to put our chances away.

‘I just think the boys are really trying. We’re working really hard in training, we’re giving our all every day. The application’s there, we know what it means to play for the club, but it’s just a difficult moment for us in front of goal at the minute. I don’t know, I can’t really give an explanation for that.’

With a weekend without a game, Chalobah and his fellow Blues will have to wait until Tuesday for the next opportunity to put that right in front of goal, but it will be another difficult task as we travel to Premier League leaders Arsenal.