Jamie Carragher has claimed that he spotted some Chelsea defenders “play-acting” in their win against Brentford to try wind the clock down.
The Blues are still at the top of the Premier League table after winning 1-0 away at Brentford on Saturday, albeit they had their backs against the wall late on.
Thomas Tuchel’s side gained three points because of Ben Chilwell’s superb half-volley, but a lot of credit has to go to goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for his individual performance. Chillwell heavily praised Mendy after his weekend contribution.
For Chelsea, they had to use every trick in the book to stumble over the line to secure a win. However, it’s hardly a criticism given most teams in the Premier League will adopt a professional approach when it comes to seeing games out.
Carragher noticed that Tuchel’s side were forced into play-acting, something he associates with ex-Blues manager Jose Mourinho.
“They’ve got a bit of the ‘Mourinho’s Chelsea’ about them. They’re resilient but a little bit nasty. At the end of the game [against Brentford] there was a bit of play-acting with defenders staying down when I don’t think they were quite hurt, They were just playing with the time. It was very Mourinho-like when I watch this Chelsea team,” Carragher said.
Chelsea result v Brentford showed title credentials
Of course, it’s too early into the season to say Chelsea can win the Premier League title this season.
But, the way the Blues toughed out a 1-0 away win against Brentford showed why they are rightly being talked about as challengers.
All title-winning teams win games where they are under pressure.
Chelsea successfully withstood a 20 minute onslaught from Brentford at the weekend, which was made even more impressive given the fact it was a make-shift back-three thrown together because of senior absences.
Can Tuchel join elite list?
Tuchel’s Champions League success last year means he’s forever in the Chelsea history books.
However, can he join an elite list of ex-Chelsea managers to win a Premier League title at Stamford Bridge?
Jose Mourinho (three), Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte are the only managers to win a league crown with Chelsea during the Premier League era.
Tuchel will have to do it the hard way because he’s competing against outstanding teams Liverpool and Manchester City this season.
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