Chelsea fail Brighton test
Chelsea failed their latest test, in a massive blow to their title credentials, as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Brighton at Stamford Bridge.
Romelu Lukaku scored the opening goal of the game midway through the first half, heading home from an out-swinging corner from Mason Mount, but truthfully Chelsea were second best for much of the encounter.
Graham Potter’s men were by far the better side at Stamford Bridge, but in typical Brighton fashion, created plenty of chances that they could not convert. Until the 90th minute. A cross floated into the box was planted firmly in the corner by former Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck, to send the away fans into ecstacy.
The game was something of an even contest for the first half, with both sides trading blows, the Seagulls stole the initiative for the opening part of the second 45 minutes, as the Blues hung on.
Then. Tuchel and his side steadied the ship with the addition of one man, though it ultimately proved futile.
N’Golo Kante saves all
Now, Chelsea fans have taken to social media to point to one man as the player that steadied the Chelsea ship in the second half, despite the scoreline.
The player in question? N’Golo Kante.
Blues fans were quick to heap praise on the returning Frenchman, as can be seen below.
N’golo Kante comes on and now Chelsea fans worldwide suddenly have a bit of peace of mind.
— Uncle Joe (@Joetronics1) December 29, 2021
Just look at how N’golo Kanté changing the game
— TIDIANE 🐍🌊🛸🦇🕸 (@SlimeTidiane) December 29, 2021
— Bet Nka Nokur3 😭😡 (@el_jefe111) December 29, 2021
N’Golo Kante is incredible.
— TweetChelseaUK (@TweetChelseaUK) December 29, 2021
How N’golo Kante just changed this game for Chelsea should be studied. Probably just brings extra confidence to a team
— Pierre Kwedin (@keithk__) December 29, 2021
Salah this, KDB that.
N’Golo Kanté is the best player in the Premier League – nobody can do what he can.
— C’W (@csmwCFC) December 29, 2021
N’Golo Kanté!He is such a special player, and person 🔥
— Tatu Valtteri (@TatuValtteri) December 29, 2021
We do not deserve N’golo Kante 😭😭
— 💙Champions Of Europe💙⭐⭐ (@Sir_Menace) December 29, 2021
The amount of difference one N’Golo Kante can make is massive.
— Siddhanth Iyer (@iyer_siddhanth) December 29, 2021
N’Golo Kante is such a cheat code. Need energy? bring him on. Need a goal? bring him on. Need to control possession? bring him on. Lock it up defensively? bring him on. He’s a phenomenon.
— Joe Flemons (@_ItsJJ) December 29, 2021
N’Golo kante stabilising the ship..
— Maanda Mavhungu (@MaandaMindloz) December 29, 2021
Although ultimately in vain, how lucky are Chelsea to have a player like N’Golo Kante?
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|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||9|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||8|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||8|
|Smith-Rowe, Emile||Arsenal FC||8|
|Mount, Mason||Chelsea FC||7|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||7|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||Manchester United||7|
|Sterling, Raheem||Manchester City||7|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||7|
|Silva, Bernardo||Manchester City||7|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton & Hove Albion||7|
|Gallagher, Conor||Crystal Palace||6|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle United||6|
|Mahrez, Riyad||Manchester City||5|
|Saka, Bukayo||Arsenal FC||5|
|King, Joshua||Watford FC||5|
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|Laporte, Aymeric||Manchester City||1||5|
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|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||1||4|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||0||5|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||1||4|
|Cancelo, Joao||Manchester City||0||5|
|Robertson, Andy||Liverpool FC||1||4|
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|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||0||5|
|Ritchie, Matt||Newcastle United||0||5|
|Westwood, Ashley||Burnley FC||0||5|
|Tarkowski, James||Burnley FC||0||5|
|Manquillo, Javi||Newcastle United||0||5|
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|Mings, Tyrone||Aston Villa||0||5|
|Duffy, Shane||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||5|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||8|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trent||Liverpool FC||8|
|Bowen, Jarrod||West Ham United||7|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester City||7|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||7|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||5|
|Mount, Mason||Chelsea FC||5|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||5|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea FC||5|
|Cancelo, Joao||Manchester City||5|
|Robertson, Andy||Liverpool FC||5|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||4|
|Mahrez, Riyad||Manchester City||4|
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