Chelsea vs Brighton – Reece James was injured in Chelsea’s last game. Most recently, there have been more revelations about the situation of this player that makes the Blues even more worried.
In Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Brighton in the round of 20 of the Premier League took place in the early hours of December 30, Reece James was injured and had to leave the field after only 27 minutes of play.
What Happened on The Match Chelsea vs Brighton 1-1
After the end of the match, there were pictures of the England defender having to leave Stamford Bridge on crutches. Thomas Tuchel said Reece James suffered a hamstring injury but could not elaborate on his recovery time.
According to Football London reporter Adam Newson, Reece James’ injury was much worse than originally expected. Specifically, this player has torn his hamstring. Given that situation, it is likely that he will be sidelined for the next few months instead of just a few weeks.
This is obviously information that makes Chelsea as well as the fans more worried because Reece James is a very important factor at the team. In the 2021/22 season, the Englishman almost nailed a starting place on the right wing at the club thanks to his ability to attack and play rhythmically.
If Reece James is really out for a few months, this will be a huge loss for the London club because before that, they also lost another very good full-back, Chilwell until the end of the season because of ligament problems.
As such, both of Chelsea’s best full-backs had serious problems and were out of action for a long time. That will be really disastrous for the Blues when they have many arenas to fight ahead.
At the moment, Chelsea are ranked 2nd in the Premier League but their gap to the top has been raised to 8 points. The constant lack of pillars due to injury as well as Covid-19 is the reason why the Blues are short of breath in the race with Man City.
The Five Facts from Chelsea vs Brighton on 29th December
Chelsea failed to get the maximum when hosting Brighton & Hove Albion in a follow-up Premier Leaguematch, Thursday (29/12/2021) early this morning. Despite playing at Stamford Bridge, the Blues were only able to draw 1-1.
Initially, Thomas Tuchel’s men had taken the lead in the 28th minute thanks to a goal scored by Romelu Lukaku. The lead lasted long until Danny Welbeck presented a nightmare in injury time.
1. A Good Result for Brighton
Brighton showed no trepidation despite playing at the opponent’s headquarters. They are able to create a number of golden opportunities that should be able to produce goals if the front line performance is maximum.
According to the record, Brighton fired a total of 18 shots, six of which were on target. Considering these statistics, it is appropriate for Brighton to win by at least two goals.
But in the end, this draw is worth being grateful for. Graham Potter’s club deserved the win, but the scoreline was not so bad.
2. Lukaku’s Goal Final is Over
Lukaku’s quality as a striker worth almost £100m was questioned by many during September to mid-December. His name has never appeared on the scoreboard in eight games.
The lack of productivity of Lukaku in terms of scoring goals makes Chelsea miserable. There have been three games in which the Blues lost when Lukaku failed to produce a goal, against Juventus, Manchester City and West Ham.
Of course, these defeats are not Lukaku’s fault alone. But as an expensive attacker, the demand is to produce goals. Fortunately, the pace has ended with a record of three goals from his last five appearances.
3. Covid-19 Passes, Injuries Hit
Chelsea’s ship is faltering. The depth of the squad that the Blues have is actually qualified enough to go through a lot of competitions. It’s just that losing important players can certainly have a negative impact on the club.
A few weeks ago, Chelsea was hit by the Covid-19 waves that hit a number of players, including Lukaku and Callum Hudson-Odoi. Because of that, Chelsea must play young players in order to rotate against Brentford in the Carabao Cup.
Lukaku and Hudson-Odoi have recovered, and jorginho’s positive results are apparently just false alarms. Unfortunately, their problems have not stopped, especially with the storm of injuries that are crashing.
Reece James had to come out while being sworn in after being ‘beaten’ by Tariq Lamptey in the 27th minute. Andreas Christensen also had to pull out after the break due to injury. Both will follow Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell who inhabit the treatment room.
4. Missed A Golden Opportunity from Callum Odoi
Chelsea missed a golden opportunity to take a two-goal lead and end Brighton’s run of resistance in the second half. Unfortunately, Callum Hudson-Odoi destroyed it all.
In the 56th minute, Hudson-Odoi initiated a counterattack. Brighton’s defensive line left only one player and Hudson-Odoi ran alongside Mason Mountu to create a one-on-two situation.
He could have been playing selfishly and chasing his own goals. The firing room is very wide open. However, the 21-year-old instead passed the ball to Mount on the path that was being passed by Veltman. The pass failed to be channeled and Chelsea missed a golden opportunity.
5. Still Have A Good Chance?
This draw is a crushing blow to Chelsea’s hopes of becoming Premier League champions this season. Because on the same day, Manchester City, as the leader of the standings, managed to beat Brentford with a score of 1-0.
The gap between the two widened to eight points. If Chelsea’s inconsistency continues, they should say goodbye to the prestigious trophy.
The good news is that Chelsea can sit in second place. But they can be overtaken at any time because Liverpool still pocket one game that has not been played. These two teams are only one point away.
That is all the recap of Chelsea vs Brighton Match that Bongda365 have summarized for you.