We can’t believe it either, but it is that time again. The time for our beloved Blues to begin yet another Premier League campaign and this season might just be one of the most exciting prospects in years. Chelsea have had a spellbinding transfer window so far, welcoming new stars all across the field. Our new arrivals thus far, as if you need reminding, are Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, and of course, the extraordinary acquisition that is Kai Havertz.
Frank Lampard has spent big this summer, that is no secret. Following the club’s two-window transfer ban, it was inevitable that Frank would want to splash the cash this summer. Not only that but following a successful first season as Chelsea boss last year, multiple weaknesses were discovered during the campaign. These signings will certainly strengthen the squad, as well as providing some important competition to the players already at the club, which will help develop their own game.
With that being said, let’s take a look at our first outing of the new season, an away fixture against Brighton. Chelsea recently travelled to the Amex to participate in a pre-season friendly against Brighton, which finished one apiece. Our goal came from Timo Werner (of course) after a delicious cross-field ball from Hakim Ziyech (of course) was met by Callum Hudson-Odoi who failed to connect comfortably with his header, which then dropped to Werner who hit home after 4 minutes. Pascal Gross equalised from the spot for the home side in stoppage time.
Chelsea will head into the fixture with high expectations, as the Blues have departed victorious in 9 out of the last 10 league meetings with Brighton. Some more good fortune for Chelsea is that both previous seasons we kicked off on a Monday resulted in the Blues securing the top spot. This stat will hopefully be continued, as Chelsea are favourites for the fixture.
Team news and updates:
New boys Ziyech, Chilwell and Silva are all out of contention for the game, after Ziyech picked up a knock in the friendly at the Amex, and Chilwell and Silva are nursing injuries from their time at their former clubs. Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud are both fit and will battle Timo Werner for a starting place. Kai Havertz is also in the squad, as well as Christian Pulisic, who after his form following last seasons’ restart feels like a new signing to many fans. Our beloved skipper is also back in action following his injury against Arsenal in the FA Cup Final last season.
Players to watch:
It is likely we will see Timo Werner start against Brighton, after his goal in the friendly and also following two very solid performances for Germany in the UEFA Nations League last week. Werner will have all eyes on him and will have plenty of expectations riding with him too. The prolific German will hope to pick up where he left off, after scoring an astounding 34 goals across all competitions last season. Werner should be able to trouble Brighton’s defence and help Chelsea secure victory.
Following a title-winning season at Liverpool, Lallana recently made a move down to the South Coast. Tonight’s game will be his first test, and what a test it is. After beating Chelsea three times last season, Lallana will hope he can help his new side get one up over Lampard’s Blues. Lallana will have plenty to do, as Chelsea’s side has strengthened immensely.
Tariq Lamptey v Christian Pulisic:
Ex Chelsea youngster Lamptey made a move to Brighton in January, and since joining the Albion, has seriously impressed the fans. Lamptey has been a breath of fresh air to Brighton’s defence, adding pace and agility to the backline. Tonight, however, he faces a huge task in keeping Christian Pulisic quiet. Pulisic ended last season in terrific form and sadly suffered an injury in the FA Cup Final. ‘Captain America’ is back fit for tonight’s game, and if he starts, it will provide an entertaining battle for the game.
Written by Mash Greaves.