And we’re back. Chelsea started off their 2020/21 campaign with a 3-1 win away at Brighton on Monday Night, with Jorginho, Reece James and Kurt Zouma all getting on the scoresheet. Here are five things we learnt from Chelsea’s first game back in the brand new season…
A Slow Start from the Blues
Chelsea had a slow start to the game at the Amex stadium, failing to create many chances until they were awarded a penalty late into the first half when Mat Ryan tripped Timo Werner. Jorginho delivered from the penalty spot with his classic approach, giving Chelsea the lead over the Seagulls. It took a while for Frank Lampard’s side to find their rhythm and it appeared that Brighton’s goal in the early moments of the second half gave them the kick they needed to get back into gear, with James putting the Blues ahead just two minutes later. Hopefully it will not take us as long to get into the game against Liverpool later this week.
A Bright Competitive Debut by Timo Werner
Although there were two debuts for the Blues on Monday, with Kai Havertz arguably the most exciting of the two, Werner was one of the brightest players on the pitch that night. He constantly looked sharp and lively as he made clever runs into the box and created some good chances for his new side.
The German also won the penalty which led to Chelsea’s first goal of the game. Meanwhile, Havertz appeared less convincing, with the youngster perhaps needing more time to adjust. However, there’s no doubt that both will be excellent additions to the team.
Wonder Strike by Reece James
When Leandro Trossard scored that goal for Brighton, it would have been easy for Chelsea to lose their confidence. However, Reece James outdone the Brighton man and provided yet an even better strike from long range. The right-back took a powerful shot from 30 yards, with the ball dipping into the top right corner of the goal. A brilliant strike from the Chelsea defender, who had a relatively good game – particularly in the second half.
A Poor Ruben Loftus-Cheek Performance
It seems pretty harsh to say that Ruben Loftus-Cheek had a poor game on Monday, especially as the 24-year-old was not playing in his preferred position and appears to still be recovering from his lengthy injury. The Englishman constantly gave the ball away and looked lost in the more advanced role. Arguably the most disappointing player on the pitch, Lampard had no choice but to replace him with Ross Barkley after 60 minutes. We can only hope that Loftus-Cheek will one day return to his best.
A Sloppy Win?
Perhaps I was expecting more from this Chelsea side, but the win against Brighton on Monday just didn’t seem too convincing. As we all know, it will take some time for the new signings to gel with the current squad and no one can expect too much from the opening game of the season.
Brighton also put in a good shift, with former Chelsea man Tariq Lamptey as one of the best performers. However, a 3-1 win is still a good result and Lampard will no doubt be happy with the three points.