Chelsea drops further back in title race after draw against Brighton

Chelsea’ unsuccessful run within the Premier League stretched to four matches on Tuesday, as a 1-1 draw away to Brighton & Hove Albion saw their slender titles hopes suffer nonetheless additional damage.

Winger Hakim Ziyech’ opportunistic strike gave Thomas Tuchel’ side the lead against the run of play in the twenty-eighth minute.

However, Brighton was rewarded for their endeavour once defender Adam Webster thundered a header past goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on the hour mark after some intense home pressure.

Chelsea began to dominate late on but couldn’t force a winner as Brighton dug deep to preserve their point.

Chelsea’ last win in the Premier League came during a 3-1 triumph over Aston Villa on Boxing Day, since gaining 3 points from the last twelve available.

They remained in third place with forty-four points, 12 behind leaders Manchester City having played a game more. Liverpool is second with forty-five points having played 2 games fewer than Chelsea.

Brighton, who are in ninth place, have currently drawn eleven games this season, and Webster said they were unsuccessful in not getting all 3 points against the European champions.

“I assume for the complete game we were the higher team. they had a spell at the tip but on the other hand that we were the dominant team and on another day hopefully get 3 points,” he said.

For all Brighton’ bright approach play early on they struggled to land a telling blow and were shocked once Ziyech took aim from twenty-five yards and rifled a low shot that keeper Robert Sanchez could have done better with.

Brighton began the last half on the front foot and Danny Welbeck was played in by Pascal Gross however the striker got his angles wrong and blazed wide.

Simply before the hour mark Alexis mac, Allister was picked out by the spirited marc Cucurella but his deflected shot was clawed away by Arrizabalaga.

From the ensuing corner, Webster thundered a header into the net after finding space within the area.

Striker Romelu Lukaku had an opportunity to revive Chelsea’ lead from an imaginative lobbed pass by Antonio Rudiger but couldn’t beat Sanchez and also the Belgian was substituted soon after.

Tuchel sent on Kai Havertz and Timo Werner from the bench, and Brighton was hanging on at the top however a Chelsea victory would have been unmerited after another frustrating display.

“We looked tired,” Tuchel said. “We tried everything but you could see we are mentally and physically tired.”

 

 

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