Brentford manager admits he almost lost hope after what Chelsea star did in 4-1 win

Brentford manager Thomas Frank said Antonio Rudiger’s outstanding goal discouraged him during the game and was impressed by his team’s mentality in Saturday’s comeback win.

It looked like the visitors had an uphill battle after Rudiger put Chelsea in the lead.

The Blues were in control of the game at that point, and Brentford, who had spent a large part of the game in their own half, then had to take more risks.

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Unbelievably, Frank’s men managed to score three goals in just 10 minutes shortly after, and the manager was impressed, unsurprisingly.

“Before the game, I said to the players I think we have a chance,” the Dane told BBC Sport.

“Of course, Chelsea were massive favourites, they are a top club with a top manager and top players. Top everything.

“And coming in at half-time I think we played well, were aggressive, pressed high, and there was something there for us.

“But when Rudiger puts it in the top corner you think ‘oh no not again’ — it’s like the Leicester game all over again.

“But the character and mentality in these players are very impressive.”

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Brentford scored another goal, their fourth in the game, thanks to what Martin Keown described as an “awful” clearance by Rudiger.

Thomas Tuchel, on the other hand, refused to overly criticised his players after the shock defeat.

After all, Chelsea will have a big match against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals in just a few days, which they will have to shift their attention to.

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