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Chelsea vs. Brighton, Premier League: Half-time report

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Scoreless at the half.

Chelsea v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Chelsea started very slow, but have somewhat grown into the game, which, like Saturday’s tilt, has been a rather one-sided, attack vs. defense training ground affair. And just like on Saturday, it’s been a highly frustrating affair so far, but with the added bonus of not enough good chances.

Bakayoko has come closest, but could not react in time to steer Antonio Rüdiger’s back post header into the open net. A left-footed effort from the midfielder went well wide a few minutes later. Eden Hazard also has had a couple (worse) shooting chances without any reward. The Azpilicueta-to-Morata connection made its long-awaited appearance with the final play of the half, but the striker’s header was well wide.

The visitors have offered very little threat going forward, which Chelsea’s makeshift defensive line have handled well—Christensen missing through illness, so Cahill playing the center with Rüdiger and Azpilicueta on either side.

If you’re keeping track, that’s 1 goals in 5 halves of Premier League football for the Blues. Need to do better.

COME ON, CHELSEA!