Chelsea – Brighton & Hove Albion: Gulls Pick Opponents Apart At Stamford Bridge (1-2)
In their first-ever Premier League win at Stamford Bridge, Brighton and Hove Albion controlled from start to finish. What started as a usual performance against the English Big Six, slight adjustments from Roberto De Zerbi gave his team the extra edge before Julio Enciso’s fantastic winning strike.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
The non-Potter Derby showcased how one club manages a season, and for the other, how not to.
Chelsea put all their eggs into one basket to land Graham Potter. Regardless of how one views the quality of the coach, a coach needs time to truly land his ideas and methods. However, a club as cut-throat as Chelsea hasn’t been under as much financial pressure to succeed and with a squad built as unbalanced as this one. The return of Frank Lampard reflects a club in total desperation, a club that has bought gold teeth with no bite.
Down on the south coast, Brighton lost not only its coach but part of its recruitment and many members of its staff. Roberto De Zerbi has not only built on Potter's foundations but has excelled expectations with a flexible squad honing in on his adaptable buildup style. Perched in seventh place, Brighton was still in the mix for European spots going into the season’s last legs.
Lampard made six changes, to the team that was defeated by Real Madrid in the week. This saw Benoît Badiashile, Trevoh Chaobah, Denis Zakaria, Conor Gallagher, Christian Pulisic and Mykhailo Mudryk all come into the 4-3-3 arrangement.
Robert Sánchez made his first appearance in . . .