Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 Chelsea: Seagulls spoil former boss Graham Potter’s Amex Stadium

Pervis Estupinan, Brighton, Chelsea
Pervis Estupinan’s low cross was turned into his own net by Trevoh Chalobah for Brighton’s third of the afternoon

Graham Potter endured a nightmare return to Amex Stadium as Brighton thrashed Chelsea to claim a first victory under their new manager Roberto de Zerbi.

In a chaotic opening, Leandro Trossard’s calm finish put the home side in front after Thiago Silva – who had already produced two goalline clearances to deny the Seagulls – surrendered possession cheaply in his own half.

Two own goals extended Brighton’s lead before the break, Ruben Loftus-Cheek putting through his own net from a Solly March corner before Trevoh Chalobah slid Pervis Estupinan’s low cross past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Kai Havertz nodded in Conor Gallagher’s exquisite cross to give the visitors hope two minutes after the interval, but a second-half Chelsea recovery failed to materialise.

Pascal Gross capped a miserable afternoon for Potter and his players with a close-range finish after Edouard Mendy – who had replaced the injured Arrizabalaga at half-time – parried Julio Enciso’s shot into the German’s path..

The victory lifts De Zerbi’s side up to seventh, while Chelsea stay fifth after suffering their first defeat after a run of nine unbeaten under Potter.

Blues self-destruct on Potter return

All eyes were on Potter as he took charge of his first game at Amex Stadium since Brighton’s 5-2 victory over Leicester in early September. The 52-year-old was booed by large sections of the home fans as he took his seat in the dugout, and his mood will not have been helped by his team’s defensive horror show on the south coast.

Silva nearly gifted the home side an opener when his attempted cross-field pass was cut out by Moises Caicedo, but the veteran centre-back atoned for his error with a superb goal-line clearance after Trossard had tried to chip Blues goalkeeper Arrizabalaga.

The Brazilian repeated the feat moments later to prevent Estupinan’s powerful strike from crossing the line, but it was his poor pass that allowed Kaoru Mitoma to set up Trossard for the game’s opening goal on five minutes.

The Seagulls’ second and third goals were also entirely self-inflicted from the visitors’ perspective. Loftus-Cheek stuck out a knee to inadvertently steer Gallagher’s flick-on into the net via the crossbar, before Estupinan’s delivery was guided past his own keeper by the somewhat unfortunate Chalobah.

Chelsea did have opportunities of their own – Christian Pulisic firing wide from a promising position and Robert Sanchez tipping Gallagher’s looping header past the post – but Havertz’s header early in the second half failed to spark a revival.

Havertz should have cut the deficit further but he blazed over the crossbar from inside the penalty area. And Gross finished off an incisive Brighton counter-attack late on to rub salt into Chelsea’s wounds.

While Potter will take some solace from his team’s improvement in the second half, the damage was done before half-time.

Lift-off for Brighton under De Zerbi

A run of five games without a win since Potter’s departure did not make pleasant pre-match reading for Seagulls supporters or their new coaching staff, but Chelsea were unable to cope with Brighton’s high pressing in the early stages as De Zerbi’s team threatened to run riot.

Only Glenn Murray and Neal Maupay have scored more Premier League goals for the Seagulls than in-form Trossard, whose early opener – his 25th in the league for the club – made him the first player to score a club’s first five top-flight goals under a new manager.

Had it not been for Silva’s two last-ditch clearances and a close-range Moises Caicedo effort which struck the outside of the post, they could have been even further ahead by half-time.

The jubilant home fans, who had seen their score just once since the 3-3 draw at Anfield earlier this month, were singing “Potter, Potter, what’s the score?” and “You’re getting sacked in the morning” in the direction of their former manager as the teams made their way off the pitch at the interval.

The Seagulls’ second-half display was more measured as Chelsea sought a route back into the game, but De Zerbi’s side never looked like to surrendering their healthy lead – even after Havertz’s strike.

The win is Brighton’s first in the league over Chelsea, who had won 10 and drawn four of their previous 14 meetings.

Player of the match

TrossardLeandro Trossard

with an average of 8.27

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number11Player nameTrossard

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  2. Squad number5Player nameDunk

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  3. Squad number2Player nameLamptey

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  4. Squad number7Player nameMarch

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  5. Squad number22Player nameMitoma

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  6. Squad number25Player nameCaicedo

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  7. Squad number10Player nameMac Allister

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  8. Squad number30Player nameEstupiñán

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  9. Squad number19Player nameSarmiento

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  10. Squad number14Player nameLallana

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  11. Squad number13Player nameGroß

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  12. Squad number4Player nameWebster

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  13. Squad number20Player nameEnciso

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  14. Squad number1Player nameSánchez

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  1. Squad number19Player nameMount

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  2. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

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  3. Squad number23Player nameGallagher

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  4. Squad number21Player nameChilwell

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  5. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

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  6. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

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  7. Squad number16Player nameMendy

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  8. Squad number1Player nameArrizabalaga

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  9. Squad number10Player namePulisic

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  10. Squad number14Player nameChalobah

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  11. Squad number32Player nameCucurella

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  12. Squad number9Player nameAubameyang

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  13. Squad number22Player nameZiyech

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  14. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek

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  15. Squad number18Player nameBroja

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  16. Squad number17Player nameSterling

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Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Sánchez
  • 13Groß
  • 4Webster
  • 5Dunk
  • 30Estupiñán
  • 25Caicedo
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 7March
  • 14LallanaSubstituted forEncisoat 65′minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 22MitomaSubstituted forLampteyat 73′minutes
  • 11TrossardSubstituted forSarmientoat 87′minutes


  • 2Lamptey
  • 19Sarmiento
  • 20Enciso
  • 21Undav
  • 23Steele
  • 27Gilmour
  • 43Turns
  • 47Furlong
  • 49Moran


Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1ArrizabalagaSubstituted forMendyat 45′minutes
  • 14Chalobah
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 32CucurellaSubstituted forChilwellat 64′minutes
  • 10PulisicSubstituted forBrojaat 79′minutes
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 8KovacicBooked at 11mins
  • 17SterlingBooked at 50minsSubstituted forAubameyangat 63′minutes
  • 23GallagherSubstituted forZiyechat 79′minutes
  • 19Mount
  • 29Havertz


  • 5Jorginho
  • 9Aubameyang
  • 16Mendy
  • 18Broja
  • 20Zakaria
  • 21Chilwell
  • 22Ziyech
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 56Hutchinson

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Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Chelsea 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Chelsea 1.

  3. Attempt missed. Jeremy Sarmiento (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Pervis Estupiñán.

  4. Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Chelsea 1. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  5. Attempt saved. Julio Enciso (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Attempt saved. Julio Enciso (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexis Mac Allister.

  7. Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Pervis Estupiñán.

  8. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Foul by Jeremy Sarmiento (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  10. Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jeremy Sarmiento replaces Leandro Trossard.

  11. Attempt missed. Kai Havertz (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

  12. Julio Enciso (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Foul by Julio Enciso (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  15. Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Foul by Julio Enciso (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  17. Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  19. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Foul by Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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