Chelsea began their Premier League season with a 3-1 away win against Brighton as Timo Werner and Kai Havertz made their debuts.
Chelsea have made a number of marquee signings so far this summer, although only the German pair were fit enough to feature at the Amex Stadium. Werner, in particular, was lively on his first competitive Chelsea appearance and won a penalty in the 21st minute as Mat Ryan swiped at his legs, which Jorginho dispatched (23).
But Brighton – having strengthened well themselves in the transfer window thus far – had their fair share of chances and deservedly levelled when Leandro Trossard (54) fired home, with Kepa Arrizabalaga’s ability to deal with long-range strikes once again called into question.
But Chelsea restored their lead less than two minutes later when Reece James (56) drilled home his first Premier League goal in stunning fashion. Kurt Zouma then nabbed a goal himself with his shot diverting off the toe of Adam Webster, leaving Ryan rooted to the spot.
While the Premier League table still taking shape, it marks a successful start for Frank Lampard’s new-look side – whose last two title wins have started with victory on a Monday evening – while Brighton will feel like they deserved something from the encounter.
More to follow…
Brighton will begin their Carabao Cup campaign in midweek as they face Portsmouth on Thursday, live on Sky Sports (kick-off 7.45pm). They will then make the trip to Newcastle on Sunday in the Premier League, live on Sky Sports (kick-off 2pm).
That will be also followed by Chelsea’s next game as they take on Premier League champions Liverpool, live on Sky Sports (kick-off 4.30pm).