Manhandled by Brighton at the opening of the championship, Chelsea ended up winning with a 3-1 success. The effect of the new signees have not yet shown.
The new Chelsea has arrived. With its high number of recruitment, the London club showed its new face for the first time on the lawn of Brighton.
At least the Blues shown some of its new recruitment, only Werner and Havertz made the starting XI.
The others (Chilwell, Ziyech, Thiago Silva, Sarr) simply weren’t called up for various reasons.
Lampard lined up a 4-3-3 at the end of this first day of their English Premier League.
Zouma formed the central back along with Christensen, Jorginho teamed up with Kanté in the midfield and it was Mount who accompanied the two German internationals in front.
The locals started with the Frenchman Neal Maupay at the forefront.
With part of their new armada, the Blues tried to play high in the first minutes of the meeting, but they were quickly thwarted in their plan by the good dispositions of Brighton.
The Seagulls were less strong but they had the merit of trying more things with their inevitably lower means.
Opposite, Chelsea had the worst difficulties in the world to get the ball back and be dangerous in the opposing half of the field.
Frank Lampard men even needed a little helping hand; a ball stupidly lost by Alzate which offered a penalty caused by Werner.
Jorginho took charge of the penalty(0-1, 23rd). This opener could have liberated the Chelsea players but no, it was Brighton who played the best football on the pitch.
The success of the Blues
They unfortunately lacked realism in the face of goal like a header missed by Maupay after an excellent center from Lamptey (26th).
Chelsea returned to the dressing room with this very small advantage not necessarily deserved and a team where only Werner stood out (9th, 25th, 42nd).
Lampard’s speech did not change much because on return from the dressing room, Brighton managed to equalize after a well-constructed action.
Bissouma moved aside on Lamptey, who had the intelligence to delay, to shift towards Trossard. The Belgian’s strike hit the mark, a little helped by a frankly not flawless Kepa (1-1, 54th).
The joy of the locals did not last because from the next action, Reece James inherited a somewhat harmless ball to send a cannonball into the top corner from outside the box (1-2, 56th).
Another turning point in the meeting came moments later. The unbearable Lamptey returned to Trossard whose center at the far post for Dunk should have been decisive, only the defender missed the frame at close range (59th).
Brighton had missed his chance because with Werner tried a Madjer (64th), Zouma had more success on this recovery countered, which finished in the back of the net (1-3, 66th).
With a break in advance, Chelsea no longer trembled failing to control the meeting. Like the ghostly Havertz tonight,