Big-spending Chelsea win 3-1 at Brighton
Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, signed for a combined $160m, didn’t score at Amex Stadium
A Chelsea team featuring only two of its host of high-profile and expensive signings had a winning start in the Premier League by beating Brighton 3-1 on Monday.
Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, signed for a combined $160 million (Dh587.6m), did not manage to score at Amex Stadium, with Chelsea’s goals coming from Jorginho, Reece James and Kurt Zouma.
James's was the most spectacular and most crucial.
The right back’s swerving piledriver from 30 metres regaining the lead for Chelsea at 2-1 in the 56th minute, just two minutes after Brighton equalised through Leandro Trossard.
Zouma’s deflected volley from a corner in the 66th then gave Chelsea some breathing space.
While Havertz was fairly ineffective in his position on the right of midfield, fellow Germany international Werner, the lone striker, was more impressive and earned the penalty that was converted by Jorginho to break the deadlock in the 21st minute.
Brighton midfielder Steven Alzate lost possession in central midfield as the hosts tried to play the ball out from the back.
Werner was played through and brought down by goalkeeper Mat Ryan. Jorginho sent Ryan the wrong way.
Much-criticised goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was handed a start by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard but his failure to keep out Trossard’s 54th-minute shot from outside the area will probably keep him under scrutiny.
Kepa seemed slow to get down as the ball squirmed beyond his outstretched right hand.
James quickly put Chelsea back in front with a stunning strike that flew into the roof of the net, and the right back sent in the corner that Zouma met with a volley that ricocheted in off Brighton defender Adam Webster’s right foot.
Of Chelsea’s other off season signings that combined to cost $250m, left back Ben Chilwell and playmaker Hakim Ziyech were injured.
Centre back Thiago Silva was not ready after only recently joining up with the squad.
Updated: September 15, 2020 01:50 AM