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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Chelsea, Friendly: Post-match reaction

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Not great

Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea - Pre-Season Friendly - AMEX Stadium Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images

It took forever for Chelsea to release the starting lineup, but it took Timo Werner less than 4 minutes to score in a Chelsea shirt. It’s not an official goal, since this was just a preseason friendly, but still lovely to see, especially as it came at the end of a play started by a great ball in from fellow new signing Hakim Ziyech.

Chelsea controlled the rest of the first half with plenty of possession if not too much threat — so basically as you would expect any Brighton v. Chelsea match to play out.

The second half was a far more disjointed affair, with Chelsea giving away an early penalty and then both sides ringing the changes.

Hakim Ziyech’s awkward landing and potential inury will be a concern, but hopefully nothing too serious. Brighton’s backup goalkeeper looked to have picked a nasty leg injury on an awkward landing as well — the biggest concern of any preseason.

We almost survived the last 15 minutes without additional drama, but Ampadu gave away a penalty in the final minute, which Caballero couldn’t save, and then Giroud picked up a head injury in added-on time as well.

Not great.

Hopefully the experiment to welcome back fans to the stadium, all 2500 of them, has gone better.

Carefree.

  • First-half (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga | Alonso, Christensen, Clarke-Salter, James | Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Kante (c) | Hudson-Odoi, Werner, Ziyech
  • Half-time changes of Caballero on for Kepa and both center halves off for an Azpi-Rudiger combo. Gallagher on early in the second as well after Ziyech’s knock/injury.
  • More changes around 60-65 minutes (4-2-3-1): Caballero | Maatsen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Lawrence | Baker, Ampadu | Loftus-Cheek, Gallagher, Hudson-Odoi | Giroud
  • McCormick and Vale completed the changes, replacing RLC and CHO.
  • Next up: no idea. Season starts in two weeks, against the same opposition in the same stadium, but we’ll probably have a couple more friendlies before then maybe?
  • KTBFFH