Chelsea 4-3 Brighton Highlights – Chelsea kicked off the Premier League Summer Series with a clash against their tough opponents, Brighton. However, it was a good opportunity for Chelsea to get the best view of Moises Caicedo, the transfer priority at this moment.
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Overview of the Chelsea vs Brighton friendlies
Chelsea is still in the squad building phase under the reign of their new manager, Pochettino. The friendly match against the challenging Brighton is part of the West London team’s plan.
Chelsea fielded a strong lineup against Brighton. Both new signings, Nkunku and Andrey Santos, made appearances right from the start, alongside stars like Sterling, Chilwell, Gallagher, and goalkeeper Kepa.
However, that did not help Chelsea much in the early minutes of the game. In the 13th minute, Brighton breached Chelsea’s defense. A well-organized corner kick from Brighton resulted in the opening goal. Mitoma’s header found Welbeck, who easily slotted the ball into the net.
Under Pochettino’s management, Chelsea demonstrated their ability to handle pressure with a more direct attacking style. Only 6 minutes after conceding the goal, new signing Nkunku scored a sensitive goal to level the match. The first half still had plenty of time, and both teams created more chances. However, neither side could add more goals.
The best moments of the match came in the second half. In the 60th minute, Brighton’s defender Van Hecke received his second yellow card and was sent off. With an extra man advantage, Chelsea launched relentless attacks and scored three consecutive goals through Mudryk (65th minute), Gallagher (72nd minute), and Jackson (76th minute).
Leading 4-1, Chelsea’s defense lost focus. In the 79th minute, Joao Pedro scored from the penalty spot to reduce the gap. Not stopping there, in the 89th minute, Brighton’s attacking player Deniz Undav netted their third goal. If the match had continued, Chelsea could have been at risk of being equalized.
Final score: Chelsea 4-3 Brighton (Half-time: 1-1)
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Kepa Arrizabalaga (1), Malo Gusto (34), Thiago Silva (6), Levi Colwill (37), Ben Chilwell (21), Conor Gallagher (23), Andrey Nascimento dos Santos (39), Raheem Sterling (17), Carney Chukwuemeka (30), Ian Maatsen (38), Christopher Nkunku (45)
Brighton (4-2-3-1): Jason Steele (23), Jack Hinshelwood (41), Jan Paul Van Hecke (29), Adam Webster (4), Pascal Gross (13), Mahmoud Dahoud (8), Billy Gilmour (27), Solly March (7), Adam Lallana (14), Kaoru Mitoma (22), Danny Welbeck (18)
Chelsea: Nkunku 19′, Mudryk 65′, Gallagher 72′, Jackson 76′
Brighton: Welbeck 13′, Pedro 79′ (penalty), Undav 89′
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