Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard. [Photo: Evening Standard]
September 15th 2020 – Chelsea made a winning start to their Premier League Campaign with a 3-1 victory at Brighton.
Timo Werner, and his Germany team-mate Kai Havertz, made their debuts in the new look blues side.
Werner was pacy and prominent, winning a 23rd-minute penalty when he was hauled down by Brighton keeper Mat Ryan, Jorginho scoring the resulting spot-kick.
Reece James ripped a 25-yard right-foot shot high past Ryan, to make it two before Kurt Zoumas deflected shoot wrapped the night.
“We definitely want to close that gap to Liverpool – we have intentions to be up there even though it is a big ask to win the title,” said Chelsea’s Manager Frank Lampard, who has also signed midfielder Hakim Ziyech and defenders Xavier Mbuyamba, Malang Sarr, Ben Chilwell, and Thiago Silva this summer.
“We are behind, it’s step by step. Hopefully we can make big strides,” he added.
The manager further noted the challenge its club faced to win over Brighton.
“To come to Brighton and win is a tough ask. We’ve only had a few days, so I didn’t expect the kind of football we want to play. We had to do some of the more difficult things – resilience, throwing yourself in front of the ball, so I’m pleased.” said Lampard.
He also commended the players’ efforts especially during the current Covid-19 global pandemic, saying they all did well, considering these hard times everyone is facing.”We’ve had a lot of quarantines, a lot of players who aren’t match fit. That’s how this season has started. There’s a lot of strain on these players and hopefully, we’ll get better and better