Malang Sarr highlights key reason Chelsea beat Brentford to leapfrog Liverpool in Premier League

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Chelsea defender and Premier League debutant Malang Sarr has highlighted his side’s ability to defend long throws as one of the keys in explaining just how the Blues defeated Brentford.

Sarr, 22, made his first top-flight outing after being surprisingly included in Thomas Tuchel’s back three for this west London derby amid a minor defensive crisis.

Both Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger were missing due to different reasons but that didn’t matter in the end as Sarr and Chalobah stepped in successfully on this occasion to continue Chelsea’s strong start to the season.

However, if it wasn’t for the heroics displayed by Edouard Mendy between the sticks, then supporters may have looked upon the Frenchmen’s performance in a different tone.

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The Senegalese star produced six outstanding saves throughout the 90 minutes to preserve the narrow one-goal lead that surprisingly remained intact come the final whistle.

Post-match, Sarr himself reflected on a turbulent 90 minutes that he and the rest of the defensive unit endured down the road in west London: “It was a tough game but I enjoyed it, a difficult opponent today and we knew this game would be difficult today. We’ve done the job.

“That was really tough because the team plays from the first minute to the last one and we knew that they were up for the fight and we knew from that moment that they started pushing that it will be tough. We had to find a way to keep the clean sheet and win the game.

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BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 16: Bryan Mbeumo of Brentford and Malang Sarr of Chelsea battle for possession during the Premier League match between Brentford and Chelsea at Brentford Community Stadium on October 16, 2021 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

“That was a good challenge because they was asking for the ball, running everywhere, fighting for each and every ball that’s them, that’s their mentality, they fight for the ball they are really good strikers, tough challenges today.”

He then went on to add when highlighting where the game was won for the Blues: “I cannot count them [long throws], were a lot of them. That’s the game, we need to find a solution for everything they try to plan and that’s what we’ve done.”

Having only featured once prior to this contest in the Carabao Cup, it was somewhat of a surprise to see the former Nice man start in the heart of the defence, especially considering Reece James’ availability for the game.

Cesar Azpilicueta was moved out to right-wing back despite James being available for selection, but that decision like most Tuchel has made so far this season paid dividends for the end result that followed.

“It means a lot [to make my Premier League debut]. I’ve been waiting a long time and I’m really happy because I worked hard for that, I’m really happy, I enjoyed it,” the 22-year-old said.

“I prepare for the games like I’m coming to play anyway, I was like I say ready and today the coach said the starting XI today and I was really happy and ready for that, ready to fight.”

One fan of the Premier League debutants performance in the heart of the Chelsea defence was Gary Neville, who was impressed with just how the ex-Porto loanee was able to shut down the dangerous front two that consisted of Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo.

Neville told Sky Sports after the game: “I thought they both done brilliantly [Chalobah and Sarr] they got a little bit messed around by Toney and Mbuemo when finally Brentford got themselves going but they did really really well.

“That’s as tough a game as you can have as a centre-back. I saw Arsenal’s centre-backs here a couple of months ago get absolutely messed about by them so for Sarr and Chalobah to come here today, expecting it to be a tough game, I think they can be really proud tonight.

“That 20 minutes is about as hard as it gets. I used to play against his mob 15 years ago and they used to be like that throwing the ball on top of us and you have to come those moments and they had to come through one of the most difficult 15-20 minutes that I’ve seen a big team get put under in terms of sustained attacks, throws, corners, free-kicks they did really well.”

Source by Football London

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