After what was a somewhat poor performance from the Blues against Brighton on Monday night, we take a look at which players were vital, what went right in terms of tactics and what could’ve been improved on.
1. Positive debut for Werner
Timo Werner showed us how good of a striker he really is against Brighton. He looked electric through the game and never stopped working in the attacking areas. He latched onto a pass from Jorginho after a mistake by the Brighton midfield which left him 1-on-1 with the keeper, before he rounded Matt Ryan and was taken down for a Chelsea penalty. His runs throughout the game were excellent and he always looked to exploit the Brighton defence who played very well during this game. A very good impact from the German in his first game for the Blues.
2. Reece James masterclass
Reece James was, by far, Man Of The Match in this game against Brighton. The young defender put in a stellar performance both defensively and offensively. Going forward his crosses looked great as usual, and, he was able to keep Solly March pretty much silent during the game. When we really needed him he produced an absolute rocket into the top right corner from around 25 yard out. An absolute stunner from James, well deserved after his great performance.
3. Ruben Loftus-Cheek off par
A player who struggled was Chelsea’s home grown star Ruben Loftus-Cheek. It could’ve been down to lack of match fitness, or playing out of position but the midfielder disappointed. He failed to retain the ball and pick out a pass, and had the perfect opportunity to play in Timo Werner and waited too long, failed the pass which ended the golden opportunity. I think all Chelsea fans are hoping for a better and more confident performance from Ruben Loftus-Cheek next time out.
4. Positive centre back partnership
The centre back partnership of Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen worked well in the Brighton game. Whether it was vital interceptions, long passes or even a goal from Kurt Zouma, they were very important in the win for the Blues. The two provided stability in the Chelsea defence meaning Reece James could get forward when he wanted to. Zouma’s ariel dominance and Christensens reading of the game was very impressive. Thiago Silva will quickly realise there may be tougher competition than anticipated.
5. Perfect substitution from Lampard
As the game felt like it was slipping away from the Blues after half time, Frank Lampard knew he needed to switch things up. He did this by replacing Ruben Loftus-Cheek with Ross Barkley. Barkley is a player who divides opinion by many Chelsea fans but in this Brighton game he changed the momentum in Chelsea’s favour. He was very good on the ball and his fast turns and footwork allowed Chelsea to move the ball faster and create more chances. For a player who could be on his way out soon, Ross certainly stated his case for remaining a part of Frank Lampard’s plans.
Chelsea have the 3 points and that’s all that matters. Onto Liverpool next.
Written by Ben @carefreecfc20
Edited by Jai Mcintosh @JJmcintosh5