Chelsea player ratings vs Brighton: N’Golo Kante outstanding off the bench but Jorginho showing strain of workload

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Showing the strain: Jorginho flattered to deceive for Chelsea against Brighton  (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
Showing the strain: Jorginho flattered to deceive for Chelsea against Brighton (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea’s Premier League title hopes suffered another blow as they were held to a last-gasp 1-1 draw by Brighton at Stamford Bridge.

Danny Welbeck popped up with a stoppage-time header on Wednesday night to cancel out Romelu Lukaku’s first-half goal and seal a deserved point for the visitors.

Though Chelsea have now gone above Liverpool ahead of the Reds’ trip to west London on Sunday, they fall further behind relentless leaders Manchester City.

James Robson was at Stamford Bridge to assess Chelsea’s players.

Edouard Mendy 7

Made a host of important saves to keep Brighton at bay when the visitors were on top - but could do nothing to deny Welbeck late on.

Cesar Azpilicueta 7

Hit the post in the first half and worked tirelessly to try to snuff out Brighton’s danger.

Andreas Christensen 7

Bravely played on until half-time despite clearly being in discomfort after an early knock. Stood up strong to every test before making way.

Antonio Rudiger 7

Lucky to stay on the pitch after a two-footed tackle in the first half, but his crucial block denied Neal Maupay when the striker looked like firing a second-half equaliser.

Christian Pulisic 6

Wing-back is not his favoured position, but he may be asked to do the job more often given Chelsea’s injury situation. Disciplined and hard-working.

Mateo Kovacic 6

Showed what Chelsea have missed with his energy and forward running early on. Struggled as Brighton took control of midfield midway through before growing into the game again.

Jorginho 5

Not at all convincing as he appeared to show the strains of a heavy workload. Loose in possession and overrun too often.

Reece James 5

How costly will his injury prove to be? Chelsea are already without Ben Chilwell for the season, they need him back as soon as possible. Worrying signs as he hobbled down the tunnel.

Mason Mount 8

His corner provided Lukaku with his goal – also forced a good save from Robert Sanchez. His forward runs provided some of Chelsea’s best moments.

Romelu Lukaku 7

Quality finish for his second goal in as many games and also saw out 90 minutes. Link-up play was positive if not always effective.

Callum Hudson-Odoi 5

Final ball let him down on too many occasions when his runs created promising openings for Chelsea.

Subs

Marcos Alonso (James, 27’) 6

How important will he be in the coming weeks with Chelsea’s injury list growing ever longer? Had to put in a defensive shift.

Trevoh Chalobah (Christensen, 46’) 7

Superb after coming on, which was encouraging to see following his disappointing performance against Aston Villa. Unfortunately beaten in the air by Welbeck for Brighton’s late stunner.

N’Golo Kante (Hudson-Odoi, 67’) 8

Tuchel feared the worst when he re-injured his knee agianst Villa – but he came off the bench to turn the game when Chelsea needed him most. Outstanding.

Subs not used: Kepa, Sarr, Saul, Barkley, Havertz, Ziyech

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