Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz. In all, four names that this summer cost Chelsea nearly € 230million and join Thiago Silva and Malanga Sarr, who have reached cost zero. The London club were and remain one of the main players in the window of the market – Declan Rice and a goalkeeper are yet to arrive – and Jürgen Klopp, last week, decided to leave some criticism on the politics of strong investment of the blues, especially in a phase which is still pandemic. In response, Lampard said it was a “joke”.
“It didn’t bother me, I even thought it was funny. The reality is that apart from Leicester, which has had an incredible history, every club that wins the league has spent a lot of money on signings. Just look at Alisson, Van Dijk, Fabinho, Keita, Mané, Salah … Great players who are expensive. Liverpool have made these signings for a long time, ”said the Chelsea coach, reminding Klopp that the Reds have also spent a lot of money to join the squad they currently have. But the England manager explained more – such as the fact that he doesn’t want the club to be just a ‘training club’.
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“I loved the development last year but I never wanted us to become a training club. This story is great for five minutes and those firsts when they happen are pretty good. But then everything changes very quickly and people start to wonder if we can win games already, ”Lampard said in a conversation with Sky Sports. On Monday, the new chapter in Chelsea’s history began, from day one of the Premier League and against Brighton.
Havertz and Werner made their debuts in the English league as starters and were even the only reinforcements called in, as Ziyech, Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Sarr weren’t even on the scoresheet due to injuries and a lack of rhythm. Pulisic, who was also recovering from an injury, was unavailable and was replaced by Mason Mount in the Blues midfield. The opponent, from the start, was as accessible as possible: Chelsea have never lost to Brighton in the history of the English league, having won nine times and drawn. Still, it was Graham Potter’s side that surprised in the first half, still staying high up on the pitch without letting Chelsea take complete control of the game.
The advantage fell for Lampard’s side, however: Alzate missed a pass, Werner was in the penalty area with the ball under control and was knocked down by goalkeeper Ryan. During the conversion, Jorginho did not fail (23 ′), he scored the eighth of eight penalties since arriving in London and opened the Chelsea scorer in the Premier League and counts for the season which has just started. At half-time, the Blues won by the minimum margin and Lallana, Brighton’s reinforcement from Liverpool, had already left prematurely due to an injury.
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In the second half Brighton remained the most active and energetic team on the pitch and didn’t even need ten minutes to level the result and get the game back on track. Trossard, with a net shot from the right of the attack, deceived Kepa and surprised Chelsea (54 ′). The answer, however, came soon after and also with a kick from outside the box: Reece James, the blues right side, appeared in another area and framed with the goal and shot towards the top corner of Ryan’s goal (56 ′). Chelsea restored the advantage they had lost for just two minutes and took away much of the hope for Brighton, who failed even to capitalize on a possible groundswell they could have have after Trossard’s goal.
Until the end, Brighton was close to a tie in a Dunk move (59 ′) Zouma further increased the Blues advantage by seeing a deflected shot after a corner to the right (66 ′), and Lampard had took a Havertz it was far from impressive. Chelsea won on day one of the Premier League, kept the record more than positive against Brighton and have started a season where they have high expectations. Still, there is an incongruity in the London squad – Jorginho, who scored one goal on Monday and watched another, is on the starting plate and could even be a strategic financial adjustment for Declan’s arrival. Rice. What is certain is that the Italian midfielder, two years ago in London, is a decisive element in the Chelsea midfielder, has been of utmost importance in the absence of Pulisic and has been replaced in the last minutes visibly exhausted. And letting it out could well mean spending $ 230 million on a car that will be left without a driver.