Chelsea vs. Brighton score: Reece James scores winner for Blues; Havertz, Werner debut and Pulisic sits

Chelsea started off their Premier League campaign on Monday with a 3-1 victory at Brighton. Reece James scored his first goal for the Blues in the league in what turned out to be the winner. With Christian Pulisic resting after recovering from his hamstring injury, star signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz started but couldn't make quite the impact they wanted. 

After a penalty kick by Jorginho in the first half gave Chelsea a 1-0 lead, Brighton answered in the 54th minute before Chelsea retook the lead two minutes later, earning all three points despite being out-shot and out-possessed. 

Here are three takeaways from the match:

Timo Werner doesn't score, but makes presence felt

Werner, the former RB Leipzig star, started this game but didn't find the net like he did in their most recent preseason game, which also came against Brighton. He still made an impact. His run on a mistake by Brighton led to the opening penalty kick, which Jorginho finished. You could see time and time again how great his positioning is, but more important is his speed that sets him apart. His burst of speed led to the error by Maty Ryan to concede the penalty kick. It's a strong debut, but he'll be hungry for a goal.

Reece James' winner was a dream first league goal

The 20-year-old Chelsea full back had himself a dream first league goal for the club, putting home the winner early in the second half with a strike from outside the box that no goalkeeper was stopping. Take a look at this:

What a way to take his chance, and it was a lively, confident performance by the young Englishman that will surely earn him some minutes in a side that is trending in the right direction.

The Blues probably need a new goalkeeper

Kepa conceded a goal from outside the box. It doesn't really matter when you read that line, because it seems to always apply. He lets in more of those than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League, and the one he conceded in this game, well, he should have done much better. The world's most expensive goalkeeper just hasn't looked the part since he joined under Maurizio Sarri in 2018, and this game was another example of it. Still, manager Frank Lampard seems likely to stick with the keeper, saying he is "happy with Kepa" after the game.

Chelsea 3, Brighton 1 (FT)

⚽ Chelsea: Jorginho (23' - penalty kick)
⚽ Brighton: Leandro Trossard (54')
⚽ Chelsea: Reece James (56')

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September 14, 2020, 8:54 PM

Goal Chelsea! It's Zouma! 3-1! Gets on the end of a corner kick, hits a defender and goes in!

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September 14, 2020, 8:41 PM

It's a fantastic response from the Blues with Reece James' rocket. A fantastic hit and quite unexpected. Blues back in front!

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September 14, 2020, 8:20 PM

All in all, not super impressive from the Blues with a 1-0 lead at the break. Brighton with two more shots than Chelsea and dominating possession, but both teams lacking clinical finishing.

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