Frank Lampard and his Chelsea side secured all three points as they won 3-1 at the AMEX Stadium in their first 2020/21 Premier League fixture.
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 4
New season, same Kepa it seems. He wasn’t called upon too much within the game and did produce a good save from Brighton midfielder Steven Alzate, but in a way that’s what makes the goal conceded even worse because it was something that should have been avoided. He was beaten by a long-range strike that on replay seemed to go under his hand which was disappointing. This was all after coming for a corner earlier in the game and completely missing it striking fear in fans across the world and showing exactly why Edouard Mendy seems to be on his way to Stamford Bridge.
Reece James – 8
Any man who scores an absolute worldie like that just has to be man of the match. He managed to pop up with what I’m sure will already be one of our goals of the season at a vital time after the equaliser and also followed up with an assist for the 3rd goal by crossing the corner.
Continually threatened down the right throwing in crosses which on another day could easily had led to more goals and hopefully this game is signs of great things to come for Reece.
Zouma – 6
A solid performance from Kurt who starts the season with a goal albeit with a slight deflection. Done well to constantly get his body in the way and make blocks when necessary, however, as always with the defence lapse of concentrations where still incorporated. Arguably Neil Maupay should have done better with a headed chance early in the first half having got between the two centre-backs and Lewis Dunk really should have equalised to make it 2-2 after having a free header at the back post.
Andreas Christensen – 6
Similar to Zouma, Christensen didn’t do too much wrong and did a vital block from Maupay when he looked like he was going to walk through our defence. As mentioned previously it’s the lapse of concentrations and organisations at time that our most worrying and you have to think this is why Thiago Silva will be brought in to sure up the defence but Christensen done his chances no harm in staking a claim to be partner to Silva.
Marcos Alonso – 4
A disappointing performance from the Spaniard who was run-ragged by one of our former youth products Tariq Lamptey. He was out of position numerous times and towards the end of the first half, Brighton seemed to target his side as they found great joy getting in behind him. With Alonso you expect a lack of defensive nous in exchange for a goal threat but even going forward he lacked real drive and offered very little to the team.
N’Golo Kante – 6
Not exactly back to his best but it was good to see N’Golo Kante show glimpses of why he is one of the best in the world in his position. Cleaned up the loose balls and made tackles when needed to keep the defence out of trouble and get the ball to the forwards. If he can stay injury free this season, he’ll be vital to what we achieve this season.
Jorginho – 6
With a hop and a skip, captain Jorginho set us on our way to the first win of the season. Cool as ever when dispatching the penalty, Jorginho again had a good but not great performance and just keep ticking things over and putting his body in the way of tackles to avoid any Brighton attacks.
It was a big shout from Frank to start the season by giving him the armband after being linked with leaving and he didn’t do too much wrong in this game.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 3
A really disappointing night for a player who it seems may have missed the boat at Chelsea and will never stake a claim for the midfield. He was constantly giving the ball away with lazy passing and dribbling most notably seen when him and Timo Werner had a two on one and a half-decent pass by Ruben would have sent Timo clear on goal, however he hit the defender and the attack was gone. The game was seemingly passing him by in the midfield and he looked a man well out of his depth with his substitution long overdue by the time he was taken off.
Mason Mount – 5
A quiet night for our number nineteen who still put in a shift and showed energy, just lacked composure and quality on the ball at times. Didn’t create many chances but showed very early signs of a potential link up with Werner, playing a ball behind the defence within the first ten minutes, however, Timo was offside. Coming back from quarantine and England training, it was always going to be difficult for Mount and you expect better games to come from him as the season continues.
Timo Werner – 7
Rapid throughout the match, Werner showed just what he will be bringing to the league and Chelsea this season. Winning the penalty after catching up to an overhit pass from Jorginho would have done his confidence the world of good and he was constantly popping up throughout the match.
Made runs behind the Brighton defence to stretch them and almost scored from a tight angle late in the first half with a run and dribble which required Matt Ryan to make a save. Understandably slowed down in the second half with a mixture of fatigue and a knock from winning the penalty, but, there were positive and exciting signs all round from the German forward.
Kai Havertz – 5
Not Kai’s night after only a week training with the team and many better performances will come but I’m sure he’ll be glad just to get his debut out the way.
Looked tired at times which is understandably but showed a glimpse of his work rate by tracking back 60+ yards after losing the ball to win it back for the team late in the match. Have to feel he was under-utilised on the right wing and going forward we will see him more centrally in his best position.
Ross Barkley – 5
Replaced Loftus-Cheek on the 61st minute but added very little to the team when entering the pitch. Had an effort saved with one of the last kicks of the game, but aside from that, Barkley didn’t make too much of an impact on the game.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 5
Replaced Havertz on the 80th minute and like Barkley made little impact in the time giving on the pitch. May have been surprised not to have started or be introduced sooner into a game but this is a big season for Callum and you feel when opportunities do come, he will have to grab them with both hands.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 4
Came on as the final substitution to see out the game. Not involved much in the final parts at the AMEX, but his experience proved useful and helped Chelsea claim all three points.
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