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Not many times you lose a game 3-1 and still believe that your side were the better team, but that’s the case of Brighton manager Graham Potter.
Chelsea went away to the Amex Stadium on Monday night to kickstart our new season, and it started on a good note for the Blues, with a 3-1 away win.
Despite the victory, it wasn’t an easy game for Frank Lampard’s side, especially in the first half where the Seagulls even bossed possession.
Chelsea took advantage of an error from the Brighton defence to score the first goal, but the Blues lead was cancelled by a Leonardo Trossard’s 54th minute long-range effort. Reece James would however score a more stunning strike immediately after to give Chelsea the lead, and Kurt Zouma scored the third courtesy of a wicked deflection.
By the time of the third goal, Brighton’s morale had died down and Chelsea bossed the rest of the game.
Potter admitted after the game that his side were the better team, especially in the first half.
“We performed quite well, I think in the first-half we were the better team,” the Englishman said on Sky Sports.
“It’s just those fine little margins that against the big teams you need to turn in your favour. We recognised when we need to be a bit more compact as a team.
“It’s those little moments that need to go your way (referencing Lewis Dunk’s chance).
“It can happen and we have to accept them and pick the bones out of the game. It was a spirited performance. We competed against a top four side.”