Chelsea have managed to capture three points at the Amex after a 3-1 victory on Monday night. We take a better look here at the individual performances from the scrappy opening game against Brighton.
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6
The Spanish goalkeeper was given another chance to play between the sticks and give Lampard more reason to trust him. He had some good decent saves in the first half but didn’t look commanding inside the box especially on set pieces. Kepa will be questioned once again as he should’ve done better on the Leandro Trossard’s shot that ended up beating him into the back of the net.
Andreas Christensen – 7
Andreas Christensen looked really solid at the back alongside Kurt Zouma and read a lot of the Brighton attacks very well (3/3 duels won). Had some vital key interceptions (3 for the night) and massive recoveries (2) on Brighton’s front line. Impressive all around performance from the Danish center-back.
Kurt Zouma – 7
The French defender managed to keep Brighton’s front line in check winning 3 key aerial balls inside our box. He also showed good composure on the ball possessing 9 long balls, and a 81% passing success rate. Kurt helped Lampard’s side get the vital third goal as he was able to get free from his markers off a corner kick and score in the 66th minute. His shot got deflected off a opposition defender that got managed to trinkle past Brighton’s keeper, Mathew Ryan whose momentum carried him the opposite way.
Reece James – 9
The young English fullback scored his first Premier League goal in amazing fashion by blasting a bullet of a shot from 20 yards out right into the far right post. He had a solid outing defensively trying to keep track of Brighton feisty attackers while also having few nervy moments letting some players get in behind. Reece’s work rate off the ball still got him to make some important challenges especially in transition where Brighton looked dangerous.
Marcos Alonso – 6
Marcos Alonso had an eventful night as he was constantly getting checked by former Blue Tariq Lamptey who gave him trouble all night. Alonso could not cope with Lamptey’s directness and pace and looked shaky every time he was on the ball. It was not the best or worst performance from the Spaniard.
Jorginho – 7
The Italian midfielder had a few substandard passes and sloppy defensive moments that led to turnovers but this was shared team-wise. Jorginho kept his head calm and composed at the penalty spot and gave Chelsea the lead early on. The Italian also helped his teammates get into better positions to receive the ball in tight areas by communicating effectively. He also managed to get a key assist to Reece James for the second goal that gave Jorgi a balanced outing.
N’golo Kanté – 7
N’golo Kanté got gritty and dirty throughout the game winning Chelsea vital challenges that disrupted Brighton’s fluid attack. He notched a strong 92% passing success rate for the night that helped the blues in some attacking opportunities and encouraged Chelsea’s attack with some brave runs inside the opposition’s box. His rest of stats are as follows: Duels won 4/5, 2/3 Tackles completed, 6 interceptions, 5 recoveries and 1 clearance.
Mason Mount – 6
Mason Mount had a quiet night as he could’ve done better on and off the ball. He was late to close out Leandro Trossard’s shot that led to a goal in the 54th minute. Mason showed some flashes of brightness in the final third finishing the night with 4 recoveries, 2 chances created, 6/14 duels won and 33 accurate passes.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 5
The talented midfielder had a night to forget recording a horrendous 33% duel rate. He lost 10 of his 13 duels and kept getting dispossessed in valuable areas where he could’ve done better decision-wise. Ruben still looks very rusty and might’ve been out of position up the field but will need to improve vastly if he wants to keep playing consistently.
Kai Havertz – 6
The young German International started his Chelsea career with a silent debut. Kai played it safe throughout the game not risking many passes forward and looked nervy under pressure. He tracked backed and got 7 recoveries especially after giving the ball away in dangerous areas. The young talented German shouldn’t be too discouraged as he will only look more comfortable as time progresses.
Timo Werner – 7
Timo was probably one of our liveliest players on the pitch as he was constantly making runs behind Brighton’s backline. He didn’t get the enough service Timo deserved throughout the match where he possibly might’ve ended up scoring if he was given the proper passes. Werner’s amazing attacking instinct helped Chelsea capitalize on a Brighton mistake that ultimately led to a penalty and their opening goal. His energetic pace looked dynamic and sharp testing Graham Potter’s various times throughout the evening. Timo also brought that extra attacking outlet on the counter, something Chelsea have been missing for quite a while.
Ross Barkley : 6
Ross came in for Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the 60th minutes and looked bright early on getting the ball forward but at times took too long in releasing the ball especially in the last portion of the match. He ended up making Chelsea a little bit more brighter on the ball as he was able to linkup the attack several times throughout the game.
Callum was substituted on for Kai Havertz in the 81st minute to provide freshness on the wide areas. He didn’t get much time on the ball only recording 6 touches in 12 minutes as Brighton was effective with their press. Callum did look dangerous at times on that right hand side interchanging with Azpilicueta and Reece James.
Cesar Azpilicueta – N/A
The Chelsea skipper was subbed on for Jorginho in the 85th minute who looked to pick up a knock late in the game. The Spanish fullback was slotted in as right-back with Reece James moving to midfield. Azpilicueta did not see much action but read some dangerous balls from Brighton getting 2 recoveries late in the game.
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