Brighton Holds Chelsea At Stamford Bridge
Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw by a resilient Brighton & Hove Albion in their Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge.
On a night of high drama, the game was delayed by 15 minutes due to protests outside Stamford Bridge by fans against Chelsea’s ties with the European Super League.
Tuchel predicted his side would be “a little distracted” by the evening’s events and it took them 17 minutes to register their first shot when Christian Politic dribbled past Brighton defender Ben White, before firing his shot wide.
At the other end, Yves Bissouma’s goalbound strike was diverted just over his own bar by Jorginho, with Chelsea given a reminder they could not switch off in their own half despite enjoying the majority of the possession.
In the second half, Chelsea managed only two shots in the entire 45 minutes and considered themselves lucky as Brighton couldn’t convert its chances.
In the closing minutes, Zouma’s decision to turn into danger nearly proved fatal as Neal Maupay robbed him before feeding Lallana, who missed the target.
Moments later, Welbeck went closer after Jorginho was caught in possession, but fired against the crossbar from distance with Arrizabalaga beaten, before Ben White was sent off for a second yellow in added time.
The point moves Chelsea back into the top four, ahead of West Ham on goal difference, while Brighton are seven points clear of the bottom three, having played a game less than 18th-placed Fulham.
Nothing separates the two sides