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Tuchel says Chelsea ‘stopped defending’ in stunning defeat to Brentford

Thomas Tuchel said Chelsea “stopped defending” as Brentford ran riot in a sensational 4-1 derby victory at Stamford Bridge.

On Saturday, Brentford stunned the European champions, securing the first win over their west London rivals since 1939.

Antonio Rudiger’s long-range thunderbolt put the Blues in front early in the second half, but Thomas Frank’s side hit back with three goals in 10 minutes.

Vitaly Janelt struck twice either side of Christian Eriksen’s first goal for Brentford, and Yoane Wissa added a fourth in the closing stages just after coming on.

Chelsea had won five consecutive games since Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale, but they were picked off time and again as rampant Brentford moved 11 points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

Blues head coach Tuchel felt his side’s performance was out of character ahead of a Champions League quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday.

He told BBC Sport:

“Nobody saw it coming, especially after going 1-0 ahead. It was uncommonly untypical of us. But we stopped defending. We were not aware of the danger, were sloppy with the defending and got punished.

“They made the most of it in those 10 minutes. After their third goal, we had 10 minutes where we had big, big chances, and we missed them.

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“They were lucky and clinical enough to get three goals. But, unfortunately, we did not defend like needed to in the Premier League and got punished.”

Tuchel had expected third-placed Chelsea to be vulnerable in their first game back after the international break.

He explained: “The start was not a surprise because we came worldwide from national duty, so I expected it to take time. We looked a bit leggy for the first 25 minutes and needed to find a rhythm.

“The opponent defended deep with ten men behind the ball, so you need a shot or action to open the game, which we did. Then we gave the game away very cheaply.”

Chelsea will now regroup before a battle with LaLiga leaders Madrid at Stamford Bridge in midweek.

“It is not about Real Madrid. And It is about us. It is one day off now, and on Monday, we start again,” he said.

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