Chelsea 1-2 Brighton – Another day another loss; Lampard’s side continues to struggle

Chelsea 1-2 Brighton – Another day another loss; Lampard’s side continues to struggle
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  • Brighton & Hove Albion grabbed all three points from their Premier League encounter with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
  • Frank Lampard had thought things were going his team's way when Conor Gallagher opened the scoring early in the first half, but Danny Welbeck and Julio Enciso netted to give the visitors an impressive victory.

Brighton secured a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, thanks to a goal from substitute Julio Enciso. It was a well-deserved win for the visitors.

The Blues scored a goal in the 13th minute when Conor Gallagher took a shot that was deflected off Lewis Dunk and flew high & wide of Robert Sanchez in Brighton's goal.

The visitors had a chance to take the lead when Ewan Ferguson's shot hit the bar but an injury put an end to his match. Consequently, Danny Welbeck headed Pascal Gross' cross in before halftime.

Chelsea had a chance to go ahead before the end of the first half when Pulisic's shot hit the post, but Brighton took over in the second period. Eventually, Enciso was rewarded with a goal – his earlier shot from near the touchline hitting the upright – as he fired an unstoppable strike from thirty yards out which left Kepa Arrizabalaga helpless.

Shining a light of hope for Brighton, their victory today places them within seven points of a Champions League berth. Furthermore, they have one game in hand compared to Newcastle's advantage. Chelsea remains in 11th position regardless.

Is the Champions League berth attainable for Brighton?

It would have been easier if they had gotten something at Tottenham last week, which they deserved, but standing seven points behind Newcastle with a game in hand and playing superior football, it might not be beyond them.

Next weekend is the FA Cup semi-final, where a negative result against Manchester United could blow the wind garnered by Roberto De Zerbi out of their sails. However, they could pick up full points in subsequent home matches against Wolves, Everton, and Southampton, as well as a trip to Nottingham Forest.

They also host Manchester City and visit Arsenal, where they could potentially spoil the title race and face Manchester United in a top-four six-pointer.

Whatever the case, Brighton is a must-watch proposition at the moment. If, and it is a big if, they can keep their current roster intact, they are probably just two defenders away from being a leading contender for elite European football qualification next season.

Player of the Match

Julio Enciso (Chelsea) came on just before the half-hour mark due to an injury to Joel Veltman, leading to Brighton having to shift their side around with Pascal Gross moving to full-back. He immediately gave an added spark to the already dominant Seagulls side.

Brighton's midfielders were all impressive, but the Paraguayan teenager was better than any of them. His runs beyond the Chelsea back four almost earned him a goal earlier in the game, and he also demonstrated the ability to find teammates in the final third.

For his goal, he opted to fire from long range, and you won't see a truer ball struck.