Chelsea began their Premier League campaign with a 3-1 victory away to Brighton on Monday night. Jorginho opened the scoring from the spot, with a Reece James rocket and Kurt Zouma’s fortunate touch securing victory after Leandro Trossard had equalised. Express Sport rates and slates Frank Lampard’s side.

Kepa Arrizabalaga – 5

The under-pressure keeper was poorly positioned for Leandro Trossard’s equaliser and should have done better with the shot.

Reece James – 7

Unleashed an unstoppable rocket to restore Chelsea’s lead and swing the monentum back in the visitors’ favour.

Andreas Christensen – 7

Had to be calm and composed at the centre of defence as Graham Potter’s side had the better of the game in the first half.

Kurt Zouma – 6

Got himself in the right place to poke home Chelsea’s third and secure the points. Was lucky not to be punished before the half-hour mark for an apparent stamp on Neil Maupay. 

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Marcos Alonso – 6

Was given a torrid time by former Chelsea youngster Tariq Lamptey down Chelsea’s left flank with the shadow of new signing Ben Chilwell looming large over him.

N’Golo Kante – 7

Steady, composed and energetic as always, Kante showed why Inter boss Antonio Conte continues to take a keen interest in him.

Jorginho – 7

Was alert to pounce on a Brighton mistake and play in Timo Werner, then coolly slotted home the spot-kick after the striker was fouled.

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Timo Werner – 7

Striker’s speed and awareness earned Chelsea their penalty. Forced a save from Mat Ryan just before half-time after skinning Lewis Dunk.


Ross Barkley – 6

Showcased his ability during one surge forward, playing in Werner for a decent chance.

Callum Hudson-Odoi – N/A

Came on late for Kai Havertz but had little impact.

Cesar Azpilicueta – N/A

Replaced Jorgunho with five minutes to go and tried to create a fourth with a surge down the right.

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