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Chelsea might have beaten Brighton 3-1 in our opening game of the season at the Amex Stadium, but it was far from a comfortable victory.
Jorginho slotted home the first goal of the game from the penalty spot, after Timo Werner capitalised on the mistake made by the Brighton defence. However, former Blue Tariq Lamptey was a handful for Marcos Alonso and Mason Mount.
Operating as a right-back, he provided the assist for Leonardo Trossard’s long range 54th minute goal. Reece James and Kurt Zouma would eventually give Chelsea more cushion for the three points, but Lamptey was the rave of the game. The Blues academy product embarked on a joint-game-high five dribbles, and was the only player in the game to make Garth Crooks BBC team of the week.
Garth Crook wrote about him: “It was a comfortable win for Chelsea in the end on Monday – although there was a point when I thought they were making hard work of it at Brighton.
“I sense Brighton will have another season fighting relegation but there is a bright spark in their ranks and his name is Tariq Lamptey. I saw him come on as a sub for Chelsea in what was his Premier League debut against Arsenal last December and he was outstanding. However, in order to get game time, he decided to move on from Stamford Bridge.
“I have no doubt he has made the right decision. And if he keeps playing like he did against Chelsea, he won’t be at Brighton for very long.”