As a glaring flaw emerges, Chelsea is carried by a trio in their triumph over Brighton.
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Chelsea defeated Brighton 3-2 at Stamford Bridge despite being down a man for more than half of the game.
Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased to have taken three points against a difficult opponent, but the game also generated some cause for concern. Express Sport walks you through four crucial discussion areas.
The trio makes all the difference.
The Blues almost grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory against Brighton, but for the crucial efforts of three outstanding individuals. Enzo Fernandez has been a class act since joining Chelsea, and his first two Premier League goals were accompanied by another perfect passing effort that kept his team in control.
Levi Colwill was defensively strong against the club where he spent last season on loan, and his own headed goal capped off a good afternoon’s performance.
Finally, despite his flaws, Mykhaylo Mudryk shown some flashes of individual brilliance. While his performance was far from flawless, his blistering pace resulted in the penalty that put Chelsea 3-1 up and ultimately back in control.
Chelsea won thanks to Enzo Fernandez’s two goals against Brighton (Image: Getty).
A glaring issue has arisen.
Mauricio Pochettino, the manager of Chelsea, has identified discipline as a big issue. The Blues’ skipper was sent out for the second week in a row, following Reece James’ departure against Newcastle United last weekend.
Conor Gallagher was given the armband this time, and Blues fans were outraged by his aggressive attack on Billy Gilmour, which resulted in his second yellow card.
Gallagher, who has been impressive this season, is now suspended for Wednesday’s trip to Manchester United. Chelsea’s total of nearly 50 bookings is the highest in the Premier League this season.
Poch is missing an opportunity.
Although Chelsea have emerged from a particularly unproductive period in front of goal, it’s evident that Pochettino’s team could get a lot more out of their pace in behind.
Mudryk was joined by fellow speedsters Nicolas Jackson and Raheem Sterling to create a front-three, and their speed should have resulted in havoc and destruction against Brighton, a club unwilling to sit back and eager to play.
However, on multiple occasions, one of the trio would make a promising run off the last defender’s shoulder, only to be spurned in lieu of a sideways pass.
Conor Gallagher was sent off against Brighton for receiving a second booking. (Photo by Getty)
Brighton’s magical moment
The Seagulls were defeated, but nobody can deny 18-year-old Facundo Buonanotte his ideal moment at Stamford Bridge.
He cut in on his left foot and arrowed a pure strike into the bottom corner, bringing Brighton back into the game against 10-man opposition. Despite a late header by Joao Pedro to trim the deficit to one, Chelsea held on for the three points and moved up to 10th in the Premier League table.