Chelsea player ratings vs Brighton: Kepa and Reece James impress but Mateo Kovacic struggles

Kepa The visitors’ star man thanks to three top-quality saves. Made a strong stop to deny Leandro Trossard late in the first half, an even better one to deny Aaron Connolly entering the final 10 minutes and although he was powerless to keeping out Brighton’s equaliser was also quick to react by getting a boot to Neal Maupay’s low, late attempt. 8

Reece James Excellent in his earlier than expected return from injury. Got forward quite often, making the most of Brighton using a narrow midfield and had a couple of sights at goal. His deliveries from wide areas were threatening too. Every touch booed after he accidentally injured Brighton’s Dan Burn midway through the second half in an aerial duel. Booked in added time. 7

Toni Rudiger Impressive block to deny Leandro Trossard late in an otherwise uneventful first half but had more to do once Brighton switched to two up front after the break. 6

Kurt Zouma Strong throughout and did a good job on Maupay until the final stages. Booked in the 69th minute for a foul on Connolly. Also made a crucial headed clearance entering the final stages as Brighton built up a head of steam. 6

Cesar Azpilicueta Capitalised on Brighton’s narrow midfield in the opening period and, like James, was able to push forward regularly. Found himself in the right place at the right time to score the first goal of the decade but ultimately part of a defence that was again unable to keep a clean sheet. 7

N’Golo Kante Covered every blade of grass and finished the game as the most advanced of Chelsea’s midfield three. Solid, dependable and did very little wrong. 6

Jorginho Used the ball well in a controlled opening 45 minutes. Sat deeper when Mateo Kovacic was introduced for the final 20 minutes and became less effective. 5

Willian Drifted in and out of the game but played one exquisite pass to Pulisic that dissected Brighton’s defence in half. Worked hard off the ball in the second period. 6

Mason Mount Led the press, a rare piece of life among…


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