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Chelsea stymied by Brentford despite strong sub showings

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Christian Pulisic speaks candidly about his irregular role for Chelsea so far this season, new manager Graham Potter's impact on the Blues and more.

Kepa Arrizabalaga and David Raya made five saves each as Brentford and Chelsea staged a scoreless draw at Gtech Community Stadium on Wednesday.

Chelsea erupted for 10 second-half shot attempts after both sides had bright patches in the first 45 minutes, but could not get the better of Raya.

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Christian Pulisic was bright in a 30-minute spell for new boss Graham Potter, days after the USMNT star acknowledged that he’s hungry for playing time at any position.

The draw gives Chelsea 20 points, seven off leaders Arsenal, while Brentford moves into ninth with its 14 point.

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What we learned from Brentford vs Chelsea

Mee’s Bees: Longtime Burnley man Ben Mee stood tall in front of star goalkeeper David Raya, and he’s more or less solidified Brentford’s back line.

Chelsea on the wrong end of fine margins: Christian Pulisic entered with a half-hour to go and really energized a Blues side struggling to manufacture danger. The USMNT winger did enough to get an assist but fellow sub Carney Chukwuemeka and his mates couldn’t supply the dagger.

Kepa No. 1: The man once called the world’s most expensive goalkeeper looks that way right now. Kepa Arrizabalaga may stop Edouard Mendy from reclaiming the first-choice keeper shirt for some time (if, in fact, such a shirt exists).


Tactical focus (a.k.a. Pulisic Watch)

Potter changed the game with three subs at the hour mark, and American midfielder Christian Pulisic swapped places with Marc Cucurella, good in his own right over the first hour. Pulisic was bright, daring, and did not lack for confidence in almost certainly raising Potter’s eyebrows moving forward.

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Brentford vs Chelsea

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Stars of the show

Kalidou Koulibaly

Ben Mee

Kepa Arrizabalaga

David Raya

Christian Pulisic

Mateo Kovacic


What’s next?

Chelsea hosts Manchester United at 12:30pm ET Saturday, while Brentford will visit Aston Villa at 9am ET Sunday.


How to watch Brentford vs Chelsea live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2:30pm ET, WednesdayTV Channel: USA NetworkOnline: Stream via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & star players

Brentford’s Ivan Toney is using his play to scream for a World Cup roster spot under Gareth Southgate, and there may not be a center forward in the pool closer to Harry Kane in style and power.

Mason Mount is going to the World Cup barring a major Southgate surprise that would deny the red-hot form of Chelsea’s clever playmaker.


Brentford team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Pontus Jansson (thigh), Thomas Strakosha (ankle), Aaron Hickey (ankle), Christian Norgaard (calf)

Chelsea team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: N’Golo Kante (thigh), Wesley Fofana (knee), Reece James (knee)

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