Chelsea were held to a disappointing draw against Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Tuesday night, although the result did put Thomas Tuchel’s side back in the top four.
The start of the match was delayed 15 minutes due to unrest outside the stadium, where several hundred fans gathered before kick off to voice their opposition to Chelsea’s plan to join the European Super League, which was announced on Sunday. Those fans began to chant “we’ve saved football” when news that Chelsea were already beginning the process of pulling out of the breakaway league, according to ESPN sources.
Christian Pulisic, who had scored three goals in his last five matches was named in Chelsea’s XI, had a penalty shout waved off in the 17th minute, while Kai Havertz had a great chance to open the scoring blocked by a Brighton defender soon after.
Chelsea spent almost the entire first half in the Brighton end, but the visitors’ resolute defence yielded no goals in the opening 45 minutes and the teams went into the break locked in a goalless draw.
The hosts continued to be frustrated in the second half and while the draw moved Chelsea back into the top four on 55 points and ahead of West Ham United on goal difference, it was still dropped points against a relegation-threatened rival.
Meanwhile the point was an important one for Brighton, who stay in 16th place on 34 points.