With seven of Brentford’s attempts stemming from set-pieces, and roughly one in eight of their passes long balls, our defensive rearguard had their work cut out when the hosts got the ball forward quickly and directly. Of the 52 aerial duels contested, Brentford won two-thirds. Ivan Toney’s 11 successful such duels were as many as our back five combined.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek completed 90 Premier League minutes in a Chelsea shirt for the first time since May 2019, and his ability to carry the ball from deep past opposition midfielders was certainly on display at the Brentford Community Stadium: his four successful dribbles was a game-high figure.
With a 90 per cent pass completion rate, a 6.8 per cent share of possession and three successful tackles, it was another good day’s work for Loftus-Cheek.