Chelsea beat Brentford to reach semis

Chelsea beat Brentford to reach semis


Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga makes a save during his side's Carabao Cup quarter-final with Brentford
Chelsea have not won the EFL Cup since 2015

Chelsea reached their third major semi-final in 11 months under Thomas Tuchel after scoring two late goals to overcome west London neighbours Brentford in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.

An own goal by Sweden defender Pontus Jansson put the Blues ahead before Jorginho’s penalty ensured his side reached their first semi-final in the competition for three years – and a meeting with Tottenham.

With his selection plans disrupted by Covid-19 and injuries, Chelsea boss Tuchel gave debuts to three teenagers including 18-year-old Harvey Vale, who headed his side’s best chance of the first half straight at the keeper.

But it was Brentford who carved out the better openings before half-time and Kepa Arrizabalaga marking his rare start in goal with three fine saves to deny Yoane Wissa, Mathias Jensen and Rico Henry.

Henry almost scored an own goal at the other end before Jansson inadvertently sliced Reece James’ cross past Alvaro Fernandez in the 80th minute.

Substitute Jorginho doubled the lead five minutes later after Fernandez brought down Christian Pulisic.

Blues turn to youth but senior stars make the difference

Tuchel went onto the pitch at the final whistle to congratulate his players and acknowledge the travelling support after a hard-earned success.

After one victory in their five previous matches, this was a night where the result was more important than the performance.

As well as Vale, Chelsea gave debuts to 17-year-old forward Jude Soonsup-Bell and 18-year-old midfielder Xavier Simons, a former Brentford academy player.

Soonsup-Bell was aged just eight when Cesar Azpilicueta, one of three players who also started the 0-0 draw with Wolves last Sunday, made his Chelsea debut in 2012.

The Blues ended up with Jorginho, James, Pulisic, Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante coming off the bench, though, to make an impact as the tie was locked at 0-0 before Jansson’s own goal.

The move started with a James throw-in deep inside his own half and ended with the England defender supplying the cross which led to the Brentford centre-back’s misfortune.

Jorginho’s penalty sealed victory but Brentford, who reached the semi-finals last season, gave a good account of themselves and will now look to consolidate their position in the Premier League following a solid start to the season.

Player of the match

KantéN’Golo Kanté


  1. Squad number17Player nameToney

  2. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo

  3. Squad number29Player nameBech Sørensen

  4. Squad number3Player nameHenry

  5. Squad number5Player namePinnock

  6. Squad number7Player nameCanós

  7. Squad number40Player nameFernández

  8. Squad number11Player nameWissa

  9. Squad number26Player nameBaptiste

  10. Squad number8Player nameJensen

  11. Squad number18Player nameJansson

  12. Squad number27Player nameJanelt

  13. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard

  14. Squad number15Player nameOnyeka

  15. Squad number14Player nameGhoddos

  16. Squad number9Player nameForss


  1. Squad number7Player nameKanté

  2. Squad number19Player nameMount

  3. Squad number24Player nameJames

  4. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  5. Squad number14Player nameChalobah

  6. Squad number1Player nameArrizabalaga

  7. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  8. Squad number68Player nameVale

  9. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

  10. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  11. Squad number64Player nameSoonsup-Bell

  12. Squad number54Player nameSimons

  13. Squad number3Player nameAlonso

  14. Squad number31Player nameSarr

  15. Squad number17Player nameSaúl

  16. Squad number18Player nameBarkley



Formation 3-5-2

  • 40Fernández
  • 5Pinnock
  • 18Jansson
  • 29Bech Sørensen
  • 7CanósBooked at 68mins
  • 8JensenSubstituted forForssat 81′minutes
  • 27JaneltBooked at 12minsSubstituted forNørgaardat 66′minutes
  • 26BaptisteSubstituted forOnyekaat 74′minutes
  • 3HenrySubstituted forGhoddosat 73′minutes
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 11WissaSubstituted forToneyat 65′minutes


  • 2Thompson
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 9Forss
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 15Onyeka
  • 17Toney
  • 25Peart-Harris
  • 36Stevens
  • 41Cox


Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 14Chalobah
  • 31Sarr
  • 54SimonsSubstituted forJamesat 65′minutes
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forJorginhoat 45′minutes
  • 17SaúlBooked at 77mins
  • 3Alonso
  • 18BarkleySubstituted forKantéat 76′minutes
  • 68ValeBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMountat 65′minutes
  • 64Soonsup-BellSubstituted forPulisicat 45′minutes


  • 2Rüdiger
  • 5Jorginho
  • 7Kanté
  • 10Pulisic
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 19Mount
  • 24James
  • 71Webster
  • 75Hall

Andre Marriner


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