Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says that Reece James’ goal on Monday had him “off [his] seat” as the defender stood out while the new-look Blues secured a season-opening victory
Jorginho scored Chelsea’s first goal of the match from the penalty spot, while a thunderous James strike and a Kurt Zouma finish tied up a 3-1 victory over Brighton.
James’ goal was a stunning outside-of-the-box missile, one which left Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan helpless as Chelsea retook the lead just moments after conceding at the other end.
Werner made a strong impression in his Blues debut, earning the penalty for Jorginho’s goal, while Havertz played for 80 minutes before making way for Callum Hudson-Odoi.
And James says that the new signings will only lift Chelsea, who got off to a perfect start in the Premier League.
“We knew it was going to be tough coming here and we knew we would have to put in everything to get the three points and I think we did that. We had to push up a gear,” he told Sky Sports.
“As the games go on we are only to get stronger. There are new players in the team so we have to gel and get stronger week by week.
“When you bring in high-level players it brings the competition up and makes everyone work harder to get into the team.”