LONDON: After a spending spree of $250 million on a few of Europe’s most fun stars, Chelsea had been indebted to a marvel strike from considered one of their homegrown gamers throughout a win of their opening English Premier League recreation.
Reece James, a 20-year-old defender who has been at Chelsea for the reason that age of six, appears to be like to be a participant able to staying within the staff nonetheless a lot cash the membership spends within the coming seasons.
Certainly one of a slew of extremely rated right-backs to come back via in England in recent times, James confirmed he has class at each ends of the sphere by smashing residence a swerving piledriver from 30 metres that was the most effective and most important aim of a 3-1 victory at Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday.
It regained the lead for Chelsea at 2-1 within the 56th minute, 100 seconds after Brighton equalised. James then despatched over the nook within the 66th which Kurt Zouma met with a volley that deflected into the online, permitting Chelsea to ease to the three factors.
“Today is a good feeling for us, because it wasn’t a great performance,” Chelsea supervisor Frank Lampard mentioned. “I’m not going to sit here and say that, but we got the three points. If we can get those points early, confidence builds, we’ll have more time to work with the team, players come back from injury and the new signings settle in, hopefully we can make big strides.”
The strain is on Lampard to steer Chelsea to a title problem this season after the membership’s spree within the switch market. He was solely capable of begin two of his six signings, although — attacking midfielder Kai Havertz and striker Timo Werner, signed for a mixed $160 million.
Havertz confirmed a number of neat touches however was usually quiet, whereas Werner was extra spectacular, profitable the penalty that Jorginho transformed to place Chelsea forward within the 23rd.
“It’s not a game you come away from and go, ‘Here were 10 vintage moments,’” Lampard mentioned of Havertz, who moved for $92 million from Bayer Leverkusen, “but I thought there were moments of real quality and calmness. It’s a big ask — there’s a lot on his shoulders.”
Regardless of all of the arrivals — Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva have additionally been signed however had been unavailable in opposition to Brighton — Lampard nonetheless has a problem at goalkeeper.
Kepa Arrizabalaga was presumably at fault for Brighton’s 54th-minute equaliser after letting Leandro Trossard’s shot from outdoors the realm sneak into the far nook.
Signed in 2018 because the world’s costliest keeper, Kepa was dropped for spells of final season and his place may very well be beneath menace if Chelsea handle to signal a goal from Rennes, Edouard Mendy.
The great strike by James shortly bailed Kepa out, although.
“It was maybe a game we would have dropped points in last year,” Lampard mentioned.
WOLVES’ FAST START
If any staff had an excuse for making a gradual begin to the season, it was Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Their gruelling, 12-month marketing campaign within the 2019-20 season completed solely on August 11 within the Europa League quarter-finals, leaving Nuno Espirito Santo’s aspect only a 33-day break till the brand new season.
But, Wolves scored twice within the first six minutes — via striker Raul Jimenez and centre-back Romain Saiss — in its opening recreation of the season and ran out a snug 2-Zero winner at Sheffield United.
“This was the first match that we had, a quick turnaround. Very pleased,” Espirito Santo mentioned. “The identity of the players, the character, the ways they worked, the resilience at the end — it is very difficult.”
After scoring 17 instances final season, Jimenez wanted simply three minutes to get off the mark within the new one when he side-footed residence a cross from Daniel Podence. Saiss doubled the lead with a header from a nook, and later struck the publish.
Printed in Daybreak, September 16th, 2020