Chelsea saw the start of the league with their game against Brighton. The Blues were able to seal a smooth start with a 3 goal victory.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea made the start in Premier League last night. The Blues had a hefty clash against Brighton and Hove Albion. The west London side was able to seal a victory despite some risky moments. But the Blues were different from the last season altogether.
Well with six new signings coming in we did expect a change in Chelsea’s game. But there were multiple instances the Blues had a risky moment. We did see Chelsea be the vulnerable side in the earlier minutes of the game. But ending the game 3-1 in their favor will be satisfying enough.
Chelsea got to play only two of their new arrivals last night. Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell are out with injury and recovering. While Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva are yet to make an appearance. Lampard was able to play Timo Werner and Kai Havertz though. The debutants did create some chances and runs, but Kai Havertz was seen as more silent.
The German international was rather not seen much in the game. Apart from a select few instances, Havertz did not have the impact we thought him to bring. And this has been a reason for questions surfacing on Lampard’s transfer tactics. Havertz is currently Chelsea’s record signing having already paid £70m to Bayer Leverkusen. With the total to reach £90m after add-ons.
Havertz will need time
Kai Havertz has just spent over a week training with his new teammates. The German international will need more time to adjust to the PL. The youngster was a spectacular talent in Leverkusen, being the controller of the flow of the game. Lampard was hoping for him to make a similar impact for Chelsea, but he may need more time.
Moreover, Havertz is a versatile star who can play in multiple roles. In Germany, he has seen to play both in the attack and the midfield. Chelsea chose to play him along the right flank last night. But Kai did not get many contacts with the ball and was absent in the game. Hence, Lampard will have to crack the puzzle and find the key to unleash his full potential.
Frank Lampard also acknowledges the fact and is in support of his new recruit. The gaffer understands that his players need time to glue together, as he said to SkySports. Havertz did make some runs and a couple of key passes. But the lack of understanding between the new recruits saw the chances go to waste.
Kai Havertz was rather calm in the game but did make a couple of errors as well. We saw the youngster lose possession to the opposition in their half. But Havertz went on to chase down the opponent to regain possession and avoid the danger. His buddy Timo Werner on the other hand had a better game.
Werner did trouble Brighton’s defense then and now. But was not able to net a debut goal last night. We may see the lads play better in the future, they might need some time coming into a new league.
Chelsea has some gaps in the squad
Frank Lampard also understands that his lads need to lessen the gap between each other. Having had just four days of training as a team after international duties. Chelsea did seem to struggle in meeting pinpoint passes.
We did see the side try and create opportunities. But with new signings and lack of time playing together passes were sometimes short and long. Brighton was a hard opposition as well, giving a tough time for the Chelsea defense. The Blues found the first goal from a miss pass from Brighton that led to a penalty in favor of Chelsea after Werner was fouled. The ever experienced Jorginho was able to net the ball with ease.
Brighton was able to level the tally in the second half. From a long-ranger that bounced past Kepa Arrizabalaga. Reese James put Chelsea back in the lead from a stunner, similar to Vincent Kompany’s Manchester City goal. Kurt Zouma also saw the back of the net to seal the game in favor of Chelsea. The Blues had a great start and will hope to keep up the form.