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5 talking points from a comfortable Chelsea win at Brighton

Chelsea defeated Brighton & Hove Albion by a 3-1 margin in the final Premier League fixture of the first matchday.

Chelsea got their Premier League campaign off to the perfect start with a 3-1 win against Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Monday. Jorginho, Reece James and Kurt Zouma helped the west Londoners to an opening day victory on an evening where Kai Havertz and Timo Werner made their official debuts for the club.

Lampard’s side was not at its best and missed out on a decent number of players through injury. Cesar Azpilicueta only came on as a substitute, whereas Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva were all absent from the squad-list. Nevertheless, prior to hosting Liverpool at the Stamford Bridge, the Blues got the job done.

Here is a look at the five talking points from the fixture:

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Germany international Timo Werner scored in Chelsea’s friendly at Brighton a few weeks ago and was in the starting eleven for the official outing as well. The former RB Leipzig ace looked formidable in the first half and played a direct role in earning the penalty, which was eventually converted by Jorginho.

In the second half, he didn’t have as much of an impact as the first but with time, one can be optimistic that he delivers on all cylinders firing. The Blues were playing in a 4-2-3-1 setup, meaning that the flanks were not as well utilized as they could have been. With Pulisic and Ziyech returning, that will change for the better.