Brighton & Hove Albion – Match Report vs Chelsea 14/09/2020

First game back of the new season and Brighton welcomed big spenders Chelsea. Brighton started off in a 352 formation whereas Chelsea started in a 4231. The first half was slow and not many chances were being created. After Chelsea got their first goal from a Jorginho penalty the game opened up a bit and Brighton equalised in the second half, however Chelsea took the lead again from a brilliant strike from Reece James. Lewis Dunk then missed a brilliant chance to equalise by putting a header wide from 6 yards out. Chelsea then scored again through a deflected goal after Kurt Zouma volleyed the ball from a Reece James corner.

Ratings

  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, rewatch
  • D – Below average in this match

Tariq Lamptey

Player Profile:

  • Nationality: English
  • Age: 19
  • DOB: 30/09/2000
  • Current Club: Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Career: Chelsea, Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Position: Right Back
  • Preferred Foot: Right

Tariq had a very good game up against his old team. Playing at RWB in a 325 formation he was in charge of providing width and creativity for Brighton down their right-hand side. Throughout the game he showed his attacking ability, using his pace and trickery to attack Marcos Alonso. He’s very direct which makes him difficult to defend against, especially when he’s near the box as opposition are afraid of giving away a free kick in a dangerous area.

When he did get forward, he put in a few good crosses, however he could show a bit more composure in the box as he had 2 options to pass to and he went for the shot. When Lamptey was running at the Chelsea defence he also showed his brilliant ball control by dribbling between Alonso and Jorginho who at times had to come over and double up.

Defensively he showed his awareness of where the danger is by stepping up to intercept a pass and get Brighton on the counter attack. He also made a few very well time tackles which stopped Chelsea from getting a cross into the box. He could however be a bit stronger in his 1v1 duels but this will improve as he matures physically. In 1v1 situations he did well by approaching the opposition player well and forcing them either out wide or back towards their goal.

Rating – A1

Ben White

Player Profile:

  • Nationality: English
  • Age: 22
  • DOB: 08/10/1997
  • Current Club: Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Career: Southampton (Y), Brighton, Newport County (L), Peterborough (L), Leeds (L)
  • Position: Centre Back
  • Preferred Foot: Right

Ben White returned this summer from an impressive loan move at Leeds, and he continued his good form today. He was playing on the right of a back 3 and although the Brighton defence outnumbered Timo Werner 3 to 1, Ben White showed his defensive capabilities. He showed good pace multiple times when tasked with keeping up with Werner. 1v1 he was very good, positioned himself well to block off the space and force the player away from a goal. He was also 1v1 in the box with Timo Werner and did well to stay composed and block the shot. He was very good in defending the long ball, strong in the air to clear the danger.

His positioning was very good to block the space where Chelsea were trying to play, forcing them to go wide and away from goal. He also showed multiple times that he is a very good tackler, strong and wins the ball fairly. He showed a good passing range throughout the game, playing short passes into the midfielders as well as long ball into the wide areas for the wing backs and strikers. At times he had the opportunity to step into midfield with the ball however he chose to play the ball across the defence.

Rating – B1

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