Chelsea team including only two of its huge number of prominent and costly signings got off to a triumphant beginning in the English Premier League by beating Brighton 3-1 on Monday.
Timo Werner and Kai Havertz — finished paperwork for a consolidated $160 million — didn’t figure out how to score at Amex Stadium, either, with Chelsea’s objectives originating from Jorginho, Reece James and Kurt Zouma.
James’ was the most terrific and the most urgent, the privilege back’s turning piledriver from 30 meters recovering the lead for Chelsea at 2-1 in the 56th moment, only two minutes after Brighton adjusted through Leandro Trossard.
Zouma’s redirected volley from a corner in the 66th at that point gave Chelsea some breathing space.
“I thought we were OK,” Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said. “I liked the work ethic and discipline of the team.
“We have been together for four days. … To expect everything to click on day one would have been difficult.”
While Havertz was genuinely incapable in his situation on the privilege of midfield, individual Germany global Werner — the solitary striker — was more noteworthy and earned the punishment that was changed over by Jorginho to break the stop in the 21st moment.
Brighton midfielder Steven Alzate lost belonging in focal midfield as the hosts attempted to play the ball out from the back, Werner was played through and was brought somewhere near goalkeeper Mat Ryan. Jorginho sent Ryan the incorrect way.
Much-scrutinized goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was given a beginning by Chelsea director Frank Lampard yet his inability to keep out Trossard’s 54th-minute shot from outside the territory will probably keep the investigation on him. Kepa appeared delayed to get down as the ball wriggled past his outstretched right hand.
James immediately put Chelsea back in front with a staggering strike that flew into the top of the net, and the privilege back sent in the corner that Zouma met with a volley that ricocheted in off Brighton protector Adam Webster’s correct foot.
Of Chelsea’s other offseason signings that consolidated to cost $250 million, left back Ben Chilwell and playmaker Hakim Ziyech were harmed and focus back Thiago Silva wasn’t prepared after as of late getting together with the crew.
“The players are still working each other out a little bit,” Lampard said. “Today we weren’t as fluid as we could be .. I want us to have a lot more movement up front than we did today.”