Here’s how Thomas Tuchel’s side rated...
Kepa Arrizabalaga 6
Was relieved to see the woodwork come to his aid after Welbeck’s late strike.
Andreas Christensen 6
Back after injury and showed his versatility on the right of a back three and then as an orthodox right back. Looks better in the centre though.
Kurt Zouma 6
Given a difficult night by a Brighton team that posed a decent threat, but generally felt in control.
Toni Rudiger 6
Important block denied Brighton a late goal. Stood firm as the visitors piled on the pressure towards the end.
Reece James 6
Chelsea needed more from him to get behind a well-drilled Brighton rear-guard. Link-up with Pulisic could have been better.
Tidy with the ball as always. Could have done with better movement from those around him as he struggled to unlock the Brighton defence.
Mason Mount 6
Deployed in a more withdrawn role. Plenty of energy and moved the ball quickly, but Chelsea missed his attack thrust as a result.
Marcos Alonso 5
Did not get forward as much as Chelsea needed him to. Rarely hurt Brighton.
Hakim Ziyech 5
Could not replicate his semi-final heroics. A tame showing from the Moroccan international.
Kai Havertz 6
Had Chelsea’s best chance of the first half. Other than that, did little to threaten Brighton.
Christian Pulisic 6
Frustrated Tuchel with failure to run at Brighton often enough. Switched sides and looked slightly brighter on the right.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (Alonso, 67’) 5
Gave Brighton something else to worry about – but didn’t stretch them enough.
Timo Werner (Havertz, 67’) 5
Very subdued after coming on. His wait for a goal goes on.
Olivier Giroud (Ziyech, 77’) 5
Never looked like finding a breakthrough.
Unused: Mendy, Chilwell, Emerson, Azpilicueta, Gilmour, Kante