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Chelsea were fortunate to overcome Brentford, according to Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea's head coach, Thomas Tuchel, has admitted that they were fortunate to overcome Brentford in the final moments on Saturday evening.

Brentford took a direct approach in the last quarter after falling behind to a Ben Chilwell goal in the first half to keep the Premier League leaders under continual pressure.

While the Blues were able to weather the storm, Tuchel claims that it felt like Chelsea were playing with one fewer player as Brentford pushed forward more players.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Tuchel said: "Finally, the final 20 minutes felt like a cup game. They had nothing to lose and gained traction. We seemed to be down one player.

"In the challenges, we were not explicit enough. They discovered the belief, and we were too intent on protecting it. I was pleased with the first 65-70 minutes, however I believe we could have scored more.

"Toni [Rudiger] or Thiago [Silva] can help us settle the game down and counter the pressure with that initial touch. We have faith in the young boys; if you don't play, you won't gain experience."

Chelsea have already secured 19 points from their first eight games, maintaining their lead in the Premier League.

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