Chelsea being held by Brentford
A much-changed Chelsea are currently being held to a 0-0 stalemate by Brentford at half-time, with the Blues very much on the back foot.
Thomas Tuchel opted for a very different line-up to his usual Premier League side, in part due to injury and illness, handing debuts to three Cobham graduates, Harvey Vale, Jude Soonsup-Bell and Xavi Simons.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 22, 2021
However, it is the Bees that have been on top, having come close on several occasions as they seek a semi-final spot, and a potential Wembley trip for the second season running.
Praise rolls in for Kepa
During the first-half, there was one man that Chelsea fans singled out for particular praise, reserve shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has found himself playing second fiddle to Edouard Mendy this season.
However, he has pulled off some key saves to keep the Pensioners in the tie, and the Chelsea fans have not let that go unrecognised:
But for Kepa Chelsea could have been three down but yhp that’s what he’s there for.
— SITSO (@OfficialSitso) December 22, 2021
kepa man of the match
— lorena (@fvsmount) December 22, 2021
Omg kepa is on steroids
— CFC Matīss (@Matissfn) December 22, 2021
Kepa has been excellent.
That was an excellent save. That defense is still not intact…Kepa is so exposed#BreChe
— Domicile herb (@domicileherb) December 22, 2021
— Matt (@yourmanchew) December 22, 2021
Credits to Kepa as well so far, great display from him and has saved us on many occasions.
— Don ⭐⭐ (@CFCDon) December 22, 2021
Kepa literally saving us from being 3-0 down but everyone is still gonna blame him anyway when we concede one goal 🤷🏻♂️
— J (@truman_blue_) December 22, 2021
Kepa with 3 crucial saves so far
— CFC Jafar ⭐️⭐️🏆 (@cfc_jafar) December 22, 2021
Don’t care what anyone tells me Kepa has definitely improved since Tuchel joined
— Raf (@CFC_Raf) December 22, 2021
Absolute heroics from Kepa here tonight so far.
— Simon Phillips (@siphillipssport) December 22, 2021
Kepa is really deserving this trophy
— Omar Mauri (@CFCOmz) December 22, 2021
Kepa with 3 massive saves tonight keeping Chelsea in this game! #cfc
— Terry Flewers (@terryflewers) December 22, 2021
Kepa might be worth the 80 mil no cap
— Nahom (@CFC_Nahom) December 22, 2021
Thank God for Kepa
— Obà Oluségun (@ThePsalms_NG) December 22, 2021
Can the Spaniard challenge Mendy for a starting spot?
This article was edited by Yannis Gkikas.