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For all of the chances created against Brighton, Chelsea only defeated the Seagulls 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
Frank Lampard’s side was so exciting on the day and had a whopping 24 shots in the game, with 10 on target. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has indeed built a very attacking Chelsea squad that can score a lot of goals if they convert their chances.
Only Liverpool and Manchester City have scored more goals this season. The Blues have scored 14 goals already in the Premier League.
According to Sky Sports, the Blues have 120 shots on goal (second in the league), 43 shots on target (second in the league), and are also ranked second in chances created from open play. Only Manchester City score higher for expected goals, which is to say that the opportunities are high on quality as well as quantity.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin insists the Seagulls were lucky to only take two goals at the Bridge.
He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “Once again it was an entertaining match down at the Bridge against Brighton, but this time we got what we deserved. Well, maybe the team didn’t get everything they deserved, because 2-0 certainly wasn’t reflective of the dominance our lads had in terms of dangerous possession and, more importantly, clear-cut chances on goal.
“On another day Tammy might have scored three with his opportunities; Pedro could have scored and maybe should have; Ross Barkley had a chance from six yards on the volley that didn’t really test the keeper; and Marcos Alonso had a back-post effort he would tuck away nine times out of 10.
“It was nice to see the slightly more mature players getting a look in when goals were finally divvied up this time. The youngsters have been very greedy hogging the limelight so far! With 23 efforts on goal in 90 minutes somebody had to score, with Willian and Jorginho deservedly notching the two that mattered.
“After that sort of performance, the cliche in football usually is, ‘If we keep creating that number of chances, somebody is going to get a real hammering soon.’ Well do not tell Grimsby fans this, they already suffered one of those hammerings days before and that could have been more as well.”