Brighton deny Chelsea second spot

English Premier League

Chelsea failed to reclaim second spot on the Premier League table after drawing 1-1 with Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday evening.

Jorginho, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount came in as the Blues’ changes from their 1-0 loss to Manchester City, while Brighton recalled Steven Alzate and Danny Welbeck.

The Seagulls notched up the first threat in the opening minutes when Jakub Moder snatched Welbeck’s low cutback wide of the bottom-corner off intelligent bit of footwork.

It was a missed chance that the Blues noted inside the half-hour mark and took the lead after Hakim Ziyech collected a pass from N'Golo Kante before finding the bottom corner from outside the box.

Chelsea were now woken up following the breakthrough and were a whisker away from doubling their lead when Jorginho volleyed a cutback over target.

With over ten minutes in the second half, the Blues begin on the back-foot as Alexis Mac Allister’s teasing shot from a cutback on the edge of the area forced Kepa Arrizabalaga to palm for a corner.

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The corner turned out to be just what the doctor ordered, as Adam Webster escaped the Blues’ one-on-one marking in the area to head into top corner from an unmarked position.

Chelsea urgently looked to go back ahead in the middle of the second stages through Romelu Lukaku, who ran in from a tight angle but he had his effort smothered away by Sanchez.

Blues coach Thomas Tuchel turned to the dugout minutes later and introduced Kai Havertz, Mateo Kovacic and Timo Werner for the final 10 minutes as they went in search of a winning goal.

As the Seagulls battled to contain the Blues in the closing phases, neither side were able to get the go-ahead goal as Tuchel's charges remain in third place after leaving the AMEX Stadium with a point.