Brighton 1 vs. 1 Chelsea Review

Same old same old. 

Brighton fought back in the 2nd half to get a point against Chelsea as Lampard and co again dropped points against a bottom 10 team. Lampard selected a strong XI for the game with Kepa starting in goal, Azpilicueta at left back, Zouma, and Rudiger as the centre backs and Reece James recovered to feature at right back. Kante and Jorginho started in the midfield with Mount further forward while Willian and Pulisic started behind Tammy. 

Chelsea got off to a blistering start as we dominated play. Azpilicueta scored the first goal of the game in the 10th minute after a cross was knocked around in the box and Azpi reacted first. Chelsea continued to dominate the first half but failed to extend the lead with Brighton posing no real threat for the first 45 minutes. The 2nd half started in similar fashion but Chelsea were not able to double the lead and Brighton and the crowd began to gain confidence. The Brighton players got space in behind defence as Maupay started to stretch the centre backs. Lampard brought on Hudson-Odoi for Pulisic but there was no clear improvement from Chelsea. Kovacic came on for Mount but he had a poor performance in a while. Brighton finally got the equaliser in the 84th minute after Jahanbaksh scored his 2nd goal for Brighton with a brilliant bicycle kick. The teams managed to see out the game to share points and Brighton got their first point ever against Chelsea. 

Player wise Kepa was the man of the match as his saves in the 2nd half kept us from losing the game. Azpilicueta was decent while Reece James also had a good game at right back. The defence was good with Rudiger, and Zouma not to blame for the Brighton goal. Kante looks a bit tired and wasteful but was still a solid 7 while Jorginho controlled the game but faded in the 2nd half as he was marked out. Willian was back to his old self once again as he showed a lot of running power but nothing else, Pulisic looked a bit off the pace but it was his first game after a while. Tammy was again solid in his hold up play but he needs competition to really take his position seriously. Hudson-Odoi was as good as Pulisic when he came on which is that they were around a 6. Kovacic had a poor game from the bench. 

The consolation for Chelsea is that Tottenham, Man United, and Wolves all lost their games and so our draw has actually extended our lead at the moment to 5 points from 5th. A dive into the transfer market is evident and a player like Werner would be great while a winger would also be a great addition. Next up for Chelsea is Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup and so some players should get a deserved rest. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!

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