Hakim Ziyech in action against Brighton, (c) Chelsea Twitter.

3 talking points as Chelsea drop crucial points against Brighton

Chelsea failed to claim all three points against a relegation threatened, Brighton as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea dropped two crucial points on Tuesday, as they played out a goalless draw with Brighton. The Blues climbed to the fourth spot in the Premier League table, with 55 points in their 32 games. A victory, however, could have seen them climb to the third spot, with Leicester City having a game in hand.

Kepa Arrizabalaga was rewarded with just his second league start under Thomas Tuchel, after the Spaniard put in a good performance against Manchester City over the weekend, which was a rather surprising decision. The hosts’ attack was way off the mark on Tuesday, with the likes of Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic, all failing to make an impact. Brighton were clearly the better side towards the end of the second half, with Danny Welbeck coming closest to scoring for the Seagulls.

The former Manchester United striker was unfortunate to hit the post, which could otherwise have handed the visitors an unlikely victory. One of the defining moments of the game was when Ben White was sent off in injury time after receiving two yellow cards.

A dull affair saw neither side take away three much-needed points in their respective causes. Here are three talking points from the stalemate.

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CHELSEA FAIL TO CAPITALIZE ON LIVERPOOL’S DRAW

Chelsea moved to the fourth spot in the league table, despite dropping two points on Tuesday. The Blues are now level with West Ham United on 55 points. However, they missed out on a good opportunity to move into the third place. A victory could have seen the London side, establish a four point lead over the sixth-placed, Liverpool with just six games left to be played.

Chelsea will now clash against their top four rivals, West Ham United on Saturday. Thomas Tuchel will be desperate to earn the three points, which could help the Blues gain a clear advantage over another Champions League contender. They have a tough schedule in front of them, as they are yet to play the likes of Manchester City, Leicester City and Arsenal.