Kai Havertz has opened on just how ‘tough’ he found his first experience of English football, after featuring in Chelsea’s victory over Brighton last night.
James & Zouma on target
Frank Lampard’s men made the trip to the Amex 24 hours ago, for their Premier League season opener.
The major talking point ahead of kick-off of course surrounded Chelsea’s summer additions, with Monday’s clash having marked the Blues’ first competitive outing since the arrivals of the likes of Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva.
In the end, however, of the latest batch of arrivals at Stamford Bridge, it was just Timo Werner and Kai Havertz who took to the pitch versus Brighton.
And it was the former who quickly went on to make his presence felt, latching onto a loose pass towards the hosts’ goal to earn his side a first-half penalty.
Jorginho, in turn, stepped up to slot away the spot-kick, sending Chelsea into the interval a goal to the good.
The early exchanges of the second 45, however, saw Brighton well on top, eventually resulting in Leandro Trossard deservedly levelling things up.
Just when the Seagulls appeared to be in the ascendancy, though, Chelsea hit back.
A stunning long-range effort courtesy of Reece James put the Londoners swiftly back in front, before a deflected Kurt Zouma effort 10 minutes later made sure of all 3 points for Lampard’s outfit.
Highlights: Brighton 1-3 Chelsea
On an altogether positive evening result-wise for Chelsea, however, one disappointment came in the form of the maiden display of big-money signing Kai Havertz.
Whilst fellow debutant Timo Werner slotted seamlessly into the Blues’ frontline, Havertz, in an unfavoured position on the right wing, largely struggled to impact proceedings at the Amex.
The German was eventually replaced 10 minutes from time, looking a touch shell-shocked with his testing welcome to English football.
And this was one point which the 21-year-old was keen to highlight when discussing his debut in the matchup’s aftermath, highlighting just how much ‘tougher’ he feels the Premier League is set to prove, when compared to his previous experiences in the Bundesliga:
‘It was a very tough game, very difficult because I had long holidays and I came back and trained for five or six days with the team,’ Havertz explained to the Evening Standard.
‘More important is that we won so I am very happy to make my debut.’
‘The Premier League is much tougher than the Bundesliga. I have seen that in training and saw it in the game as well. But I am happy to play 80 minutes and hopefully next week I will continue.’
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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