'Fit so well with us': Some Chelsea fans now want to sign £15m Brighton player after last night's display
Brighton & Hove Albion teaching Chelsea a lesson is not a chapter well studied in footballing history class.
Well over a century has passed since Brighton’s one and only victory over the Blues.
In their 18 meetings, the South West Londoners have triumphed on 12 occasions.
However, Graham Potter’s appointment nearing three years ago has flipped the script.
Chelsea are no longer the dominant force in this particular contest, with four of the last five fixtures all resulting in draws.
Yesterday churned up the latest instalment of the Seagulls striking the Champions League holders.
Blues versus Brighton
Thomas Tuchel’s team travelled to the AMEX Stadium on Tuesday evening, wounded by the events of last weekend’s events at Manchester City.
Now the Premier League title has seemingly slipped from their grasp, Chelsea’s main aim is to remain in the top four slots.
Meanwhile, Brighton welcomed the Blues, hoping to cause another upset in their quest for a historical finish in the first division.
Had you shown the game to a non-footballing fanatic and asked which of the goals the individual sides were fighting for, they may have placed Potter’s men as the European hopefuls.
They outperformed and outfought their expensive guests, whose luxury assets looked average at best.
Story of the game
Brighton moved as a unit in attack and defence, with each player understanding their task to a tee.
Which cannot be said the same for Chelsea, who laboured in their attempts to form any noticeable patterns of play.
Hakim Ziyech’s goal after 20-minutes went completely against the tide, a scenario that was recognised by the boys wearing bright yellow on the day.
The celebrations were subdued, to say the least; even Ziyech failed to crack a smile.
Tuchel’s contingent knew their lead was undeserved, an advantage that was rightly cut short on the hour mark.
Brighton’s brilliant back line
Adam Webster blasted a header past Kepa Arrizabalaga, following a training ground corner routine that had Chelsea in a fluster.
Webster, along with his two centre-backs and wing-backs, kept the Blues at bay and probably felt hard done by not to earn a clean sheet.
Whilst the Brighton scorer, Dan Burn and Tariq Lamptey received most of the attention, another member of the defensive line quietly and efficiently went about his business.
Cool like Cucurella
Marc Cucurella controlled the left flank, denying Cesar Azpilicueta any room to work a cross or an offensive action.
The contest of the two compatriots was won by the younger Spaniard.
Cucurella saw of Chelsea’s captain, whilst also contributing in the final third.
He was everything that Tuchel’s own left wing-back, Marcos Alonso, was not; energetic, alert and full of substance.
In a period where wing-back is a major issue for the Blues, Brighton’s £15.4m (Sky Sports) summer signing from Getafe shone a light on what the club are currently missing.
Those not supporting Potter’s tenacious group shared this view, by urging the Stamford Bridge hierarchy to snap up Cucurella at the next available moment.
Here’s what they had to say about the Brighton defender on Twitter:
Cucurella is a quality player man, he’d fit so well with us… sigh— Carefree Squidz ⭐⭐ (@squidzCFC) January 19, 2022
I was just saying that if we want a LB/LWB, Cucurella looks great. Going forward and defensively. Is fast, atrong, composed, makes the right decisions.— CFC_TCR (@tradu81) January 18, 2022