Frank Lampard's new look The Chelsea team started the new season with a 3-1 win over Graham Potters Brighton last night on the right foot, with defenders Reece James and Kurt Zouma under the gates. It wasn't an entirely convincing performance as Brighton arguably dominated much of the first half and parts of the second half and that performance will surely have asked Chelsea fans questions about some of the fans' favorite players and whether they have the quality to be part of it to be a title challenge in the near future.
The new children on the block
Their debuts in this game were new signings with big money Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, where Werner started in his preference as a striker and Havertz due to the remarkable absence of Hakim Ziyech used from the right, where he certainly delivered a largely subdued performance. Although Werner was not included in the scorers list, I was really impressed by his energy and pressure and I think he will prove again that he is one of the leading scorer in Europe this season.
Lampard also experimented with a new formation, placing Chelsea in an apparent variation between a 4231 and a 4222 in order to adapt to a growing injury list. The tactical setup saw Werner playing as a false 9, with Havertz, Mount and Loftus Cheek spinning in front of Werner to hold up the ball and give Werner space to run behind him. This was largely ineffective. Loftus-Cheek was extremely poor, he gave the ball away too easily, looked sluggish and, frankly, was a shadow of his former self. It is well known that Ruben sustained one of the worst injuries in football, a broken Achilles tendon that kept him away for most of last season. So it goes without saying that he needs time to get back on track in the Premier League. However, if there is one thing that the modern footballer unfortunately does not have as luxurious, it is time. Many will write off Loftus-Cheek's talent and qualifications after a poor performance, as is the nature of the modern game, while Chelsea fans know that with time and patience, Ruben will find the fascinating form he found under Sarri two seasons ago could easily recover.  Man of the moment
The standout player of the game, however, was by far Reece James, who shot a hit into the top corner and helped Zouma from a corner to make it 3-1 at a crucial stage in the game. Since he showed up last season, I think Reece has matured a lot as a player and that performance summed it up perfectly. He looked good on the ball, strong in tackling and physically dominant in the air, and this performance really showed how Lampard helped take Reece's game to the next level. Although he has been linked to a move last season, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Reece James was named the next Chelsea captain in the near future, as I believe he did The leadership skills necessary to excellently perform this role.
However, the most important lesson I learned from this game was that Chelsea could win without playing at the top of their game. Too many times last season you felt that Chelsea would have to put in a 9/10 performance to get a result against any of the lower teams, but the fact that they are doing badly despite bad games is a big one for me Advantage. Let's not forget that Chelsea still have a large number of players who can return and start on this team after injury, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, as well as Thiago Silva and Kovacic, who will all add to this team. Chelsea's ability to win ugly is one of the many qualities that champions have in the Premier League. We will have to wait and see whether this will happen.