The record that Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger set with his long range effort against Brentford

Chelsea fell to an embarassing 4-1 defeat at the hands of Brentford at Stamford Bridge in their latest Premier League clash, despite taking a 1-0 lead in the encounter.

Goals from Vitaly Janelt, Christian Eriksen and Yoanne Wissa canceled out a thunderous effort from Antonio Rudiger just moments into the second half, handing Chelsea a heavy defeat in front of a crowd still unsure as to where the future of their club lies.

In truth, the result means little for the Blues, who sit third in the Premier League well behind the top 2, and seemingly assured of a top 4 place regardless as to whether it is the 3rd or 4th spot, and the Champions League football that goes with it.

The record that Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger set with his long range effort against Brentford

The 1-4 defeat to Brentford was one of the worst since Thomas Tuchel took over at Chelsea in January 2021. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images).

Rudiger sets record

It was not all doom and gloom for Blues fans, however, as they saw Rudiger finally deliver on what he so often promised, and score from a speculative effort from long-range. The German defender, who is still not certain to be at the club beyond the summer, has almost trademarked taking potshots from over 30 yards out, and repeats his party trick almost every game.

It finally paid off, too, with the German finding the opening goal just minutes into the second half. Little did he know what was to come. Nonetheless, his strike set a new Blues record, becoming the longest range strike in 15 years.

In fact, it clocked in at a whopping 39.6 yards, as per Optas data.

Of course, it will come of little consolation to the German, who ended up firmly on the losing side, and will be looking at atone in midweek against Real Madrid.

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# Team MP D P
1 Liverpool FC 30 57 72
2 Manchester City 29 50 70
3 Chelsea FC 28 38 59
4 Arsenal FC 28 13 54
5 Tottenham Hotspur 29 11 51
6 Manchester United 29 8 50
7 West Ham United 30 10 48
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 5 46
9 Aston Villa 29 1 36
10 Leicester City 27 -4 36
11 Southampton FC 29 -9 35
12 Crystal Palace 29 1 34
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 -10 33
14 Newcastle United 29 -17 31
15th Brentford FC 30 -14 30
16 Leeds United 30 -33 29
17 Everton FC 27 -18 25
18 Watford FC 30 -28 22
19 Burnley FC 27 -16 21
20 Norwich City 29 -45 17
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Tony, Ivan Brentford FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 10
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
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Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
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