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Chelsea’s exemplary run of form in the English Premier League was brought to a surprise halt as they were embarrassed 4-1 at home by newcomers Brentford on Saturday.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank hailed the impact Christian Eriksen has made on his return to the Premier League after the Dane scored in a remarkable win.

The European champions had gone in front early in the second half at Stamford Bridge through Antonio Rudiger’s sensational long-range strike, but they collapsed to lose for the first time since owner Roman Abramovich was hit by UK government sanctions.

Vitaly Janelt levelled just a minute later to spark a three-goal spree in 10 minutes for the visitors that set up a first win over the Blues since 1939.

Eriksen has been in fine form since making his return to competitive football after suffering a cardiac arrest on the field during Euro 2020.

The former Tottenham midfielder scored twice in as many games during his international comeback for Denmark and continued his scoring streak by lifting the ball over Edouard Mendy to complete the turnaround.

Brentford have now won all three Premier League games in which Eriksen has started after failing to win any of their previous eight.

Third-placed Chelsea remain on course to finish in the top four but will need a major improvement for the visit of Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.

A third win in four games takes Brentford up to 14th and 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

Later in the day, Manchester United dropped points again as they played out to a 1-1 draw against Leicester City at Old Trafford.

Ralf Rangnick bemoaned his lack of attacking options after the result badly damaged their hopes of securing Champions League football for next season.

Kelechi Iheanacho put the visitors in front in the second half but although Fred equalised just three minutes later, neither side could find a winner.

Rangnick’s misfiring side are three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who have two games in hand, but the German interim manager said they would continue to fight for the top four even though it was an uphill task.

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